Split pea soup always looked unappetizing and like sludge to me.
It has a distinct smell and taste. Plus it makes you fart.
If you don’t fart after eating split pea soup, you must be a machine. And, people probably envy you.
Since you are probably a human, please don’t let that deter you from this recipe.
Just say excuse me.
And if I still have your attention, let me tell you about this soup!
When I originally found this recipe, I was a bit skeptical about using liquid smoke in place of a ham hock.
But it actually worked! After tasting it, I was pleasantly surprised!
I have 3 bottles of liquid smoke. I bought these when I was in my beef jerky production craze.
Yes, I thought I was going to make a lot but I didn’t.
It’s difficult for me to eat jerky for an extended period of time.
The same thing happened to me with heirloom beans, rice, and honey.
I’ve decided that decreasing my inventory needs to be a priority of mine.
For this soup, I used the hickory flavor. You would be hard pressed to tell me that it wasn’t made without meat.
The liquid smoke imparts all the smoke flavor you would obtain from a smoked meat but without the meat!
Vegans! are you with me?
Let’s do this- Put your hands up in the air! Put your hands up in the air!
Okay. Now I’ve calmed down a little bit.
I will say in summary, I was really happy with how this turned out. The soup was thick, healthy, and filling.
Even better, putting this together required minimal effort. Chopping the veggies was the most difficult part.
I also didn’t think a vegan split pea soup would taste so close to the real thing.
So if you are looking for a meat free split pea soup, I hope you get a chance to try this.
I now need to do a little more research to see what other kinds of foods I can use liquid smoke in, aside from this soup and jerky.
If you have any ideas, please send them my way!
Don’t like spit peas? Perhaps one of my other soup recipes can fill you up instead!
Vegan Split Pea Soup
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 6 people 1x
- Category: side
- Cuisine: New American
- 6 cups vegetable broth (i used better than boullion)
- 2 cups dried green split peas (rinsed)
- 1 whole Onion (chopped)
- 1 cup carrots (chopped )
- 3 ribs celery (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon HIckory liquid smoke (or more to taste)
- 2 green onions (chopped for garnish)
- In a large pot, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 70 minutes or until peas are tender, stir at least once or twice.
- Once the peas have cooked through, use an immersion blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency.
- Garnish with green onions and serve!
When I pureed the soup, I left about half of the peas intact because I like the different textures and bite the peas provide. I do the same thing when I make lentil soup.