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This vegetarian split pea soup recipe makes a very thick soup. To make it thinner, reduce the amount of split peas or add more water. Depending on the density of split peas, it may take a while for the vegetables and peas to soften, but you can't really overcook this soup; just stir occasionally and add water if it gets too dry. Seasonings can be altered to taste. This soup tastes even better reheated the next day.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
3 hrs 5 mins
3 hrs 15 mins


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, garlic, and bay leaf in hot oil until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add water, peas, barley, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Add potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, basil, thyme, and ground black pepper. Simmer until peas and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 12.7g; carbohydrates 45.8g; fat 2.2g; sodium 386.6mg. Full Nutrition