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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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"Pressure cooker version of split pea soup for vegetarians. Smoky flavor added using chipotle peppers."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Bring a medium-size pot of salted water to a boil, add orzo and cook until al dente. Drain well.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion, celery, garlic, and carrots in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Place vegetables, vegetable broth, peas, thyme, chile pepper, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker. Cover. When pressure cooker reaches full pressure, cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat. Add cooked orzo and serve.
  4. Note: If you would like creamier soup, puree soup in a food processor or blender. Add additional broth to bring the soup to the consistency you desire.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 02, 2003

it was great, even my kids said it was good,and that means alot. I cooked it stovetop for 2 hours instead of a pressure cooker.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 13, 2011

Followed recipe but tasted it and it was too bland. So started adding spices...onion power, garlic salt and powder, cumin, curry...I didn't even measure...just added and tasted until tasted good. Also did not add the pasta.


41 Ratings

Oct 10, 2002

Perfect combination of spices and herbs! I replaced pasta with 2 medium size patatos though.

Sep 03, 2007

I wasn't a fan of split pea soup until I found this recipe - this soup is delicious! The chipotle chili powder adds a nice kick. I cook this on the stovetop since I don't have a pressure cooker. I usually puree half the soup once it's finished cooking so it's smooth but still has a little bit of texture. Also, I leave out the orzo because I think the soup is perfect without it.

Feb 27, 2006

TRY THIS on the stovetop w/out pressure cooker and without soaking! It's easy and tastes better than anything in a can! Skipped the pasta, too. Great.

May 02, 2003

This soup tasted pretty good, but I would leave the pasta out next time. It was really thick. I pureed most of it and I might puree less of it next time.

Aug 29, 2002

This soup was good, though a bit spicier than I anticipated since I'd never used the dried chipotle chile pepper (which I found in the spice aisle). I would cut way back on the chipotle if I made it again since my kids wouldn't eat it due to the spicy nature. My husband and I thought it was tasty though.

Jul 13, 2006

this was the first soup i made from scratch and it was delicious! My boyfriend loves it and I do too, I make it in the crock pot turns out great!


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  • Calories
  • 283 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 11.7 g
  • 47%
  • Protein
  • 13.4 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 342 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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