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Easy Split Pea Stew

Easy Split Pea Stew

Serves: 6

Category: Soups and Stews
Tags: Diabetes Reversal, Quick and Easy

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This hearty stew is so simple to make and so satisfying. You'll definitely want to add it to your Nutritarian recipe box.

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1 pound dry split peas, rinsed
8 cups low sodium or no-salt-added vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried cumin
1 medium onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups packed spinach
1-2 tablespoons dry sherry or sherry vinegar


In a large soup pot, combine split peas, broth, bay leaf, thyme and cumin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms and garlic. Return to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Discard bay leaf. Stir in sherry.

Calories 348; Protein 24 g; Carbohydrates 63 g; Sugars 10 g; Total Fat 1.4 g; Saturated Fat 0.2 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 82 mg; Fiber 25.4 g; Beta-Carotene 4492 ug; Vitamin C 13 mg; Calcium 118 mg; Iron 5.4 mg; Folate 313 ug; Magnesium 138 mg; Potassium 1274 mg; Zinc 3.2 mg; Selenium 5.8 ug

Comments (28):



03/20/2013 10:34 PM

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Great stew!!! Easy to make and my family loved it!
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05/23/2014 03:09 PM

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LOVE this stew! Just made my second batch, very easy and yummy.


06/02/2014 01:45 PM

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This tastes amazing! My son is gulping it down and he is loving it.


09/11/2014 10:43 AM

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Very tasty!! Next time, I'll add more carrots.


02/16/2015 09:53 PM

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Just made this for the first time. Very simple and very tasty. I did it in my pressure cooker. 10 minutes for the first step. 10 minutes for the vegetable. 5 minutes sauté the spinach. Will be cooking this regularly.

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10/07/2016 11:45 AM

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Did you use an electric one, or stove top? I have an Instant Pot and thought is would work well in that one.

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01/26/2017 06:30 PM

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5 stars!

I made this tonight in my Instant Pot. I used the sauté function for the onion and crushed garlic. Then added all veggies (chopped carrot, mushrooms, baby kale minced, cherry tomatoes sliced into circles), water, cumin, Matozest, bay leaves, turmeric. I secured the lid and pressed the SOUP function which is a 30 minute cycle. 

The result was a flavorful soup! The split peas had broken down so much I really didn't need to use the immersion blender. I did a bit.

It tastes like I used fresh carrot juice as a broth! So good! I used 5-6 large peeled and chopped carrots.

I considered to use a low sodium commercial broth. I'm so glad I only used water!  Perfection! No salt needed!

When I serve it, I will garnish with avocado  chunks.  Maybe even add some chili paste or chopped jalapeño.

To be able to enjoy the subtle flavors of this soup is reassurance that my taste buds ARE healing from consistently being off of salt.


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02/17/2015 09:00 AM

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I made a soup strikingly similar to this over the weekend, although I cooked it in a slow cooker. Worked beautifully! I cooked it on low for 7 I am guessing this recipe would be fine cooked that way. Yum! Now, to try this version, thank you!


02/17/2015 09:01 AM

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Yummy! Put everything in the crockpot and off to work. Came home to delicious meal. Served with salad. My rating is 5 star.

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01/27/2017 05:02 PM

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How long? And on low or height setting? I'd like to try making it in my crockpot too. Thanks!

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03/05/2017 12:58 AM

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I would guess 7-8 hours on low in a crockpot, judging by the previous comment from 2/17/15 from someone who used a slow cooker,which, in my mind, is comparable if not the same as a crockpot.


Elaine Garces

02/17/2015 03:31 PM

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My husband and I thought this recipe was OK. I used all organic ingredients, as usual. The broth turned out thin so I blended some of it in my Vitamix and then returned it to the rest of the batch. Lot's of great healthy ingredients - however it didn't get the 5 stars I was hoping for (I reserve the 5 stars for those recipes that are healthy AND taste amazingly too good to be true (also making them company worthy). I'll see how this tastes in the next day or so. Either way, I'm happy with it! Thank you!


02/19/2015 05:27 PM

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This was a lovely soup. My main variation is to use about 3 cups of kale and 3 cups of collard greens and puree them raw in the food processor with the cold, homemade vegetable stock (which I make from saved scraps (like the fibrous ends of asparagus)and carrot juice pulp, easily saved in freezer). The pureed raw greens promotes the ITC presence of the cruciferous greens. (Being a nutritarian is so cool! I am learning so much). You really cannot taste much difference and the pieces are so small but a powerful way to add to the H=N/C ratio of the soup. I have made blending the raw cruciferous greens a standard procedure for all my soups.. Highly recommended!

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03/05/2017 01:00 AM

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What a great idea!


02/19/2015 05:32 PM

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I also tripled the raw garlic when making, and the carrots are really nice with this soup so next time I will double the carrots. Tastes even better the next day! I served over 1/3 cup of quinoa and a 1" slice of tofu. Beautiful!
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02/20/2015 06:27 PM

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For those who did it in the slow cooker. Did you put all the ingredients in at once?

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04/10/2017 10:10 PM

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I didn't but GREAT IDEA!  I will put all ingredients in at once and try that again!



02/20/2015 06:28 PM

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How long dogmom6?


02/23/2015 12:02 AM

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This was super delicious!!! I made it exactly the way the recipe stated. Yummy!


06/24/2016 05:56 PM

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A favorite; used red lentils for the split peas.


12/10/2016 07:11 AM

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Fabulous. My husband never even missed any meat.



01/29/2017 05:32 PM

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How much is a serving?


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02/12/2017 06:23 PM

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My best guess would be that the 8 cups of broth, 3 cups of peas, and all of the many veggies would be around 15 total cups.  There are 6 servings, and so that should be about 2.5 cups per serving, which is a bowl full!


02/03/2017 01:41 PM

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Loved it


04/10/2017 10:09 PM

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Delicious.  I have started doubling all spices in the recipes, we like spicey food, that has made it perfect for my husband and I.  Love this food adventure!


07/14/2017 08:29 PM

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Delicious!  This recipe is definitely a keeper.  


Bette Ann

08/16/2017 04:04 PM

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Made this today.  I made it in my instant pot and it came out wonderful.  What I did was to use the state function for all of the veggies in water.  Add the lead and seasonings plus the veggie broth.  Did it on manuel for 10 minutes with npr.  Went to gym and when we got home the soup was ready to taste.  Used an immersion stick blender to blend part of the soup added some spike no salt seasoning and put it on sauce until it started to boil. It looks like Anderson Split Soup, but with no ham in it.  Getting ready to take some to my husband for his "luner" at work.  Will make this again.  Next time I will add some liquid smoke to give it the flavor of ham.  May even try adding a few avocado chunks as was suggested in one of the other posts.


11/08/2017 03:17 PM

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12/09/2017 11:30 AM

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Not terrible but not great either.  Gritty.


01/05/2018 10:34 PM

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Really good! Halfed the recipe. Put everything in my pressure cooker for 15 mins.


10/09/2019 05:45 AM

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Should I use yellow split peas for this recipe or are green ones okay?

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11/09/2019 08:19 PM

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Yellow split peas are sweeter and better. I use carrot juice for half the broth. 


12/29/2019 07:18 PM

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I got some yellow split peas and found this recipe and thought I would try it. I've never made anything with split peas before. This soup was easy and turned out delicious! I doubled the carrots as someone suggested and it was perfect. I also added a teaspoon of Costco's no salt seasoning for a little extra flavor. I realized when the soup was almost done that I had forgotten to put the garlic in so I put a teaspoon of garlic powder. I also completely forgot the vinegar. The soup was still excellent and my husband really liked it was was surprised at how hearty it was. My kids ate it, somewhat begrudgingly, but they ate it (this is common with new recipes for them). I call that a win. I'll be adding this to my collection.


01/17/2020 11:21 AM

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Excellent soup.  I have an awesome tip too.  If your peas are hard add a teaspoon of baking soda.  They will soften right up.  An immersion blender is a great finishing touch for this hearty stew.  


02/24/2020 08:36 PM

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Delicious soup! I make it in the instant pot for 10 minutes NPR. After it's done I add the spinach and rice vinegar. I make it regularly and everyone loves it. ??




04/29/2020 07:08 PM

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Love how easy this comes together.  Our family, including 2 teens, really enjoyed this!