Curried Split Pea Soup

This soup is a classic. It’s hardy, comforting, and healthy. It’s also pretty simple with ingredients you probably already have. Perhaps it’s the kind of soup you might pass up, but then you try it and you’re sold. I made it last night, so the thought of eating it for dinner again didn’t excite me too much. But I was warming it up on the stove for Oliver, tasted it, and you guessed it, ate it again. And I think it tasted even better today!

curried split pea soup
Curried split pea soup topped with crusty bread, fresh pepper, and parsley.

Like I mentioned with my stuffed pepper recipe, Oliver isn’t the biggest fan of pureed fruits and vegetables, but add some spice, a little garlic, perhaps some roasting, and the kids starts clapping his hands and kicking his feet. Needless to say, he thoroughly enjoyed this soup…two days in a row.

Ingredients (makes about 8 cups):

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 carrots
  • 1 1/2 celery stalks
  • 1 medium sized onion (I used yellow)
  • 1 Tbsp curry
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 lb (16 oz.) dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pepper to taste


  1. Chop the carrots, celery, and onion.
  2. On medium high heat, add the oil to a large pot. Once the oil is hot, about 2 minutes, add the carrots, celery, and onion and continually stir every minute for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent or seem soft.
  3. Add the curry and salt and mix well. Then add the peas and mix again.
  4. Add the water, and finally the bay leaf. Bring everything to a boil, then cover and simmer for approximately two hours, or until peas are soft.
  5. Use an immersion blender (hand held blender) to puree the soup into a silky smooth consistency. If you like your soup chunkier and/or do not have an immersion blender, you can leave the soup as is. I’ve done that plenty of times and it’s delicious.

*Note: The soup will thicken on its own. Do not worry if there seems to be a lot of excess liquid at the top. This is completely normal. Just scoop from the bottom!


Author: Balanced Bella

Hi, I'm Jaime and I am the recipe tester, photographer, and writer at balanced bella! All my recipes are vegan, gluten free, and 100% delicious!

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