Split Pea Lentil Soup (Parve)

Split Pea Soup
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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Cups (6 to 8 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
151 Calories
4g Fat
24g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 Cups (6 to 8 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 6g
Calcium 100mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy to make and healthy soup is especially nice to serve for a fall or winter family or Shabbat dinner. Dunk fresh bread or challah into it.

Follow this simple, nourishing soup with a savory mushroom and onion omelet or a wrap sandwich. Carry the comfort food theme through dessert with these dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate and nuts.



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion (peeled, trimmed, and chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 celery stalks (trimmed and chopped)
  • 3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried split peas (picked over and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup green or brown lentils (picked over and rinsed)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, celery, and carrots, and saute until the onions are soft and translucent about 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add the split peas, lentils, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes.

  3. Stir in the parsley, salt, pepper, basil, and thyme. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 40 minutes, until the peas are falling apart and the vegetables are soft enough to mash.

  4. Remove the bay leaves. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Or let the soup cool a bit and pour it in batches into a stand blender and pureé.

Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.