nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 256
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 162 mg
  • Fiber: 16 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Smoky Split Pea Soup

Smoky Split Pea Soup

Serves 6

Split pea soup recipes are often flavored with ham hocks, but this veg version gets its smoky taste from smoked paprika and chipotle chiles. Sweet potatoes and split peas are good sources of potassium, which lowers blood pressure.
  • 1 cup green split peas
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (3 cups)
  • 2 medium onions, diced (3 cups)
  • 3 ribs celery, diced (1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes

1. Soak split peas in large bowl of cold water overnight.

2. Heat oil in 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add paprika and chipotle, and stir. Add sweet potato, onions, and celery, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, and cook 10 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes.

3. Drain split peas, and add to pot with 6 cups water. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Add tomatoes, and cook 30 minutes more, or until split peas are tender.

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This was delicious. I left out the tomatoes at the end because the dish seemed complete already, and just cooked it another 15 or so minutes as is. I used only 5 cups water and since I like spicy I tripled the amount of chipotle peppers.

J M - 2015-11-01 01:49:57

everyone loved this soup - it is good thing I doubled recipe- so delicious!!

Caroldean - 2014-11-09 23:24:16


B - 2014-05-30 05:35:08

I have to keep the salt low so I used low sodium vegetable broth and added more chipotle. I used hot smoked paprika. I cook beans, rice and peas in a pressure cooker, so I never soak any of them. I just finished the soup off in a regular pot after everything was combined. Also, fire roasted canned tomatoes add a little more flavor. We loved this soup!

pam kelly - 2014-02-18 21:31:14

Made tonight for supper, and loved it. Made a few additions to enhance flavour: 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, 2 laurel leafs, 2 tsp paprika instead of 1 , 6 cups of vegetable stock instead of water and more chipotle. No need to soak peas (never heard of that before). Slow cooked for 2 hours and it was super tasty!

Lucy - 2014-02-14 23:18:55

Made this yesterday.... Was delicious! I Cooked the peas for about 25 minutes instead of soaking. Also, I added veg. Broth instead of water, a can of stewed tomatoes, 1 cup of celery and an an extra chipotle. I also used an immersion blender on half of the soup right in the cooking pot. .... I prefer thicker stew like soup. Will make again with whatever I have in the fridge!

Lori - 2014-02-13 12:15:39

this is the best split pea soup i have ever had! I left out the pablanos because im not a fan..its so hard to find a good recipe without ham or bacon :P even my husband like it and he is a meat eater..

marilyn - 2014-02-12 22:53:23

The smokey split pea soup is delicious! I didn't even soak my peas and it came out great . I wonder if the peas stay in one piece if you soak them because as per usual my Peas just became the background sauce for the veggie but it is a great recipe !

Cindy Hodnette - 2014-02-12 22:23:33

Try this.

Reva - 2014-02-12 01:27:30

Just wondering - if you don't think it thick enough, try putting part of the cooked soup *very carefully* into a blender & process. Add back to soup. No blender? In small batches, put on dinner plate, or a smaller pot, & press w/potato masher (mine is a solid, circular steel plate).

Pat Serio - 2014-02-11 21:04:16

Looks good!

Cathleen Carr - 2014-02-11 19:57:55

I'll agree with the other reader who found this bland. If you like your soups very straight-forward flavor-wise, or if you've never used many herbs and spices in your kitchen, you'll probably enjoy this. But I, too, added a good handful of oregano and a bit of thyme. You'll also need to add salt if you use low- or no-salt tomatoes.

Amy - 2014-02-11 18:46:30

Subtituted a few shakes of chipotle powder, added a bay leaf, and omitted the paprika. I did not have regular canned tomatoes so added a 10oz can of Rotel diced with habaneros. It turned out very spicy so I added more oregano and 1% milk to balance it. Also, I did not have celery, which would have helped. I also only cooked the soup for about a half hour from the time the onions went in to the time it came off the heat. Although still quite spicy, it was quite delicious!

Shari - 2013-12-22 22:36:48

One of our favorites.

Sally - 2013-11-10 20:10:43

This soup seemed to lack some kick so we added 2tbs of apple cinder vinegar. One of the best soups I have made.

Jacqui - 2012-11-30 23:15:11