Meal Review & New Recipe: Smoky Split Pea Soup

Smoky Spilt Pea Soup

Smoky Spilt Pea Soup

Don’t let this picture fool you.  It looks like mush, but that’s pretty much split pea soup!  It kind of reminded me of the book, Goodnight Moon (and a bowl full of mush…….).  The part of this soup that was key was the smoky flavor simmering in the slow cooker all day.  EVERYONE in my family enjoyed this soup.  It was super flavorful, easy to put together and hearty enough to enjoy alone.  Here is the slightly modified recipe, another winner from Robin Robertson’s cookbook, Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker.  I mean really, what’s not to love about throwing a bunch of simple ingredients into the slow cooker, letting it cook all day creating a wonderful fragrance in your home, going out to enjoy a family activity all afternoon, and coming home to dinner warm and ready to eat?!?!?!  Enjoy!!

Smoky Split Pea Soup (modified from “Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker” by Robin Robertson)


  • olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium-size Yukon Gold potato, diced
  • 1 pound green split peas, rinsed
  • 7 Cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke*
  1.  Heat about 2 tsp. of olive oil over medium heat and add onion, carrot and celery.  Saute for about 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Transfer to slow cooker.  Add potato, split peas, broth, bay leaf, salt, coriander, cumin and pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Stir in liquid smoke just before serving. *My split peas came with a packet of hickory smoke seasoning, so I used this in place of the liquid smoke. I put it in with the rest of the seasonings and let it cook all day into the soup. Either would work fine and give it the same flavor, I think.

I would love to hear if you make this soup using the liquid smoke!  Let me know how it turns out!


IMG_20150927_192936Review for Smoky Split Pea Soup:

What was your favorite part of the dish?

2-yr old:  Eating together as a family 🙂 

4-yr old:  The broth, potatoes, split peas and carrots.  I’m pretty sure I liked everything.

7-year old:  The carrots and the potatoes.

9-yr old:  The potatoes and the broth.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the dish?

2-yr old: Nothing.  I liked it.

4-year old:  Is it OK that I don’t have anything I don’t like?

7-year old:  Nothing.

9-year old:  Nothing.

Would you eat this again?

2-yr old:  Yes.

4-yr old:  Yes, I would eat it again.

7-yr old:  Yeah.

9-yr old:  Definitely


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