Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup for Busy Days and Cozy Nights

Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup // 80twentyA typical day in my life involves waking up at 5am to get to class by 7am or to the gym even earlier before heading into work. I often don’t get home again until between 6:00 and 7:30pm, and, like most of you, after a full day of work my night doesn’t end there. I usually spend my evenings working on my blog, responding to emails, attending to regular life errands, coming up with ideas for my writing job at Tuja, and of late, checking in with what’s going on with my new gig over here. The irony of being in chef school is that when I get home, I rarely feel like cooking. At times like these, it is a gift to be greeted at the front door by the aroma of a slow cooker dinner that has the house smelling like a home.

Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup // 80twentyI’ve been experimenting more and more with crockpot-based dishes, and this Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup is one that has made it to my favourites list. I’ve already made it three times, if that tells you anything about its worth. And if you like traditional pea soup, this dish measures up to the classic, despite the absence of the smoked ham hock. It’s hearty, aromatic, and it sticks to your ribs—perfect fare for long, cold (duh), busy days like these.

Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup // 80twenty

Slow Cooker Vegan Split-Pea Soup
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free
Author: Kris
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Serves: 6-8
Quick, simple, hearty, and healthy, this one-pot dish is a go-to when time is tight.
  • 2 cups, yellow split peas
  • 3 large carrots, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 large white onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 7 cups hot water
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a crockpot and gently stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook until the peas are soft. (Either on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours).
  3. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed, and stir again. If the soup appears watery, don’t worry, it will thicken up after it sits for a few minutes.
  4. Enjoy!



  • Reply February 19, 2014


    Yum, Kris! Perfect for this crazy winter we’ve been having. I feel like forever since I’ve made split pea soup too.

  • Reply March 12, 2014


    Made this today during a big snowstorm and it is really delicious! I made it on the stovetop instead of the crockpot because I’m home today so I had the time. I’ll definitely make this again!

    • Reply March 13, 2014


      I just love that you shared this. I happen to think it’s perfect winter weather soup!

  • Reply October 16, 2014


    whivh are the ways you’ve actually made it, low or high (or both), saw you listed times for both…just curious and if there was a difference!

    • Reply October 17, 2014


      Hi there! I’ve made the soup both ways and they both turned out great. There isn’t really much difference between how they turn out, just keep an eye on the water level. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      • Reply October 22, 2014


        Just thought I’d follow-up. This is probably the easiest dish I have ever made! Yes it took time to chop the veggies into tiny little pieces but after that – dump everything in and viola. I was surprised that the peas fell apart, just like in the picture. It was delicious and I would make it again. I’m so happy I found your site 🙂
        PS: I ended up doing 4.5hrs on high.

  • Reply March 8, 2015


    I want to make this…but would green split peas work?

    • Reply March 8, 2015


      I don’t see why not! 🙂

  • Reply August 9, 2016


    So easy, healthy and delicious. Going to share with family and friends. Thanks.

  • Reply October 12, 2016


    I made this soup yesterday, and I can’t believe how good it tasted from doing nothing more than just dumping the ingredients into the crockpot! Thank you for sharing!

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