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Cozy up with this easy split pea soup. This soup is made with minimal, simple to find ingredients, and is the perfect budget-friendly meal option for dinner any night this week.

overhead image of split pea soup with croutons on top and on the side

This easy split pea soup is both hearty and nutritions. It’s ready in under an hour, and it’s a meal that everyone in the family will love. In addition to split peas, the soup also has heaps of carrots, celery, and is spiced to perfection.

This recipe’s inspired by Pea Soup Andersens, a well-known restaurant found at two California locations. Every time we make a trip up Interstate 5 in California, we make a stop for their delicious split pea soup. Since we love their soup so much, we decided to recreate the recipe and share it with you.

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3/4 image of bowl of soup topped with croutons

Not only is Pea Soup Andersen’s split pea soup vegan by default, but it’s also gluten-free. The one caveat to that, is they have the option to serve it in a sourdough bread bowl, and you better believe that this is always how we order it.

Even though today we aren’t serving our soup in a bread bowl, it’s always a good choice if you have one handy. We are, however, topping our soup with some homemade croutons that are both simple to make and delicious. Croutons provide the perfect crunch and flavor to this already delicious soup—we definitely recommend them!

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overhead image of split pea soup with croutons on top and on the side

Easy Split Pea Soup (Andersen’s Copy Cat)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 Servings


Cozy up with this easy split pea soup. This soup is made with minimal, simple to find ingredients, and is the perfect budget-friendly meal option for dinner any night this week.


  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups split peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme* (see notes)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

Serve with


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add in the garlic and onions, and sauté with oil or a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth (or water) for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Add in the carrots and celery and cook for 3 minutes more. If you are cooking with vegetable broth or water, be sure to add more as needed to prevent burning. We like to ad 2-3 tablespoons at a time. 
  3. Add in the remainder of your vegetable broth along with the split peas, thyme, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper. Mix everything together and bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow the soup to simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes more. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and be sure to remove the bay leaves. You can serve the soup as or you can puree it (with an immersion blender or regular blender) if desired. 
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley and croutons or a slice of bread. Enjoy! 


  • This recipe is adapted from the famous split pea soup from Andersen’s.
  • You can throw in the whole thyme stems, just be sure to remove them at the end!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: split pea, soup, lunch, easy, pantry, Andersen’s, hearty, plant based, gluten free, oil free

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  1. This was great! My mother said it was the best split pea soup she ever ate.
    I used my instant pot to get a really creamy consistency. I added the carrots for 5 minutes without pressure after I pressure cooked the soup for 8 minutes and let it naturally release for 10 minutes.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Hi Jasmine and Chris! I love your content and all your recipes! I am in the process of setting up a food blog myself and I was wondering how you created your content slider on your homepage? are you using a plugin?
    Other than that stay safe and healthy in times of the corona virus.

    All the best,