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Vegan Yellow Split Pea and Ham soup in a bowl with hands cupping it
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Vegan Yellow Split Pea and 'Ham' Soup

A vegan version of the classic Pea & Ham Soup. As wholesome, warming & comforting as the original, but much more kind!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: lunch, main, Soup
Cuisine: classic, Vegan
Keyword: pea and ham soup, soup, vegan classic cooking, vegan pea and ham soup, vegan soup
Servings: 6 Hungry People
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer


  • Large sauce pan
  • Blender


For the Soup

  • 500 g yellow split peas (NB: If you use whole yellow peas, be sure to soak & pre-cook them!)
  • 125 g smoked tofu (half a pack, you'll use the rest later!) I love Taifun brand the best
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 sticks (stalks) celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 Tbsp vegetarian bouillon (or 1 stock cube) dissolved in 1 litre water or 1 litres good veggie stock
  • 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 3 drops liquid smoke TOTALLY optional, but adds a little extra smokey flavour
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • You might need more water!

For the Tofu Croutons

  • 125 g smoked tofu The other half of the packet used in the soup recipe
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce


For the Soup

  • Very finely chop the carrot, celery & onion.
  • Then tip into a large pot with the olive oil & cook on a medium heat until the onion is translucent.
    Celery, Carrot, Onion in a pot, with the peas just popped in over the top
  • Add the split peas, stock (or bouillon and water) and the bay leaves.
  • Finely chop the tofu and add to the soup.
    Finely Chopped smoked tofu to add to the soup
  • Simmer for 45 minutes. Add extra water if needed.
  • Once the peas are super soft & dissolving taste and if you feel like it, add a few drops of liquid smoke.
    Soup cooked and ready to go into the blender
  • Let the soup cool for a bit, then ladle into a blender ( you can blend it all up for a smooth soup, or just blend ¾ for a slightly chunky soup.
    Soup in the blender ready to blend
  • Add the blended soup back into the soup saucepan and heat up as needed!
    BLended Soup in the blender

For the Smokey Croutons

  • Finely chop the tofu.
  • In a little pan, fry off the tofu in a little olive oil, add a dash of soy sauce for an extra salty kick.
  • Serve the soup in big bowls with a sprinkle of croutons & some crusty bread.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3524IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 4mg