Soup is a stellar comfort food year-round, but it definitely hits differently during the chilly season. There are plenty of soups to try your hand at, but we recommend adding homemade pea soup to your must-try list. Pea soup is not only delicious, but easy to prepare, filling and extremely good for you, too. High in vitamin K, fiber and other vital nutrients and minerals, pea soup can help improve heart health, lower cholesterol and regulate your body's sugar. Whether you’re going classic, vegan or quick prep, these recipes will all leave you licking your bowl.
Best Classic Ham and Split Pea Soup
This classic ham and split pea soup from Cooking Classy is easy to prepare and oh-so delicious. With split peas, tender ham and a creamy soup base, this dish will leave you warm and satisfied. What makes this recipe so yummy is the wide array of ingredients that contribute to the broth. Vegetables and herbs, such as yellow onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and parsley, all add a full background of flavors to the mix. Throw in a leftover ham bone or a ham shank and you’ve got a savory soup that’s both filling and heart-healthy.
Best Vegan Split Pea Soup
Pea soup may tout a vegetable as its main ingredient, yet it isn't a vegan recipe by default. Fortunately, the chefs over at All Recipes put together a hearty vegan version of this perennial favorite soup. Like traditional recipes, this one boasts quite a few delicious veggies and herbs, including barley, garlic, bay leaf, onion, potatoes, basil and carrots. However, All Recipes swaps chicken broth for water — flavored with veggie oil, pepper and herbs. Even though it’s meatless, this vegan-friendly soup remains hearty — and even thicker than traditional pea soups — thanks to the veggie mash.
Best Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
If you have an Instant Pot, you can speed up the process of producing your split pea soup. This recipe from Bowl of Delicious takes just 50 minutes to prepare; that’s less than half the time of the traditional recipe, which makes this the ideal version for anyone who looks forward to the outcome more than the process of cooking. Simply cook your veggies with the Instant Pot's sauté setting, add the rest of the ingredients, and set the machine to arrive at pressure on its own. After that, your only job is to monitor the Instant Pot's pressure settings and remove the ham bone or hock when the pea soup is done cooking. Easy, right?