Real French-Canadian Pea Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
Recipe by food girl II

This pea soup recipe has been in my family longer than anyone can remember, and is AT LEAST as old as my great, great grandmother, probably older than that even. My favorite soup ever, and now it is my husbands fave too. This is a vegan version, although it is lacto-vegetarian normally. Meat was only added to the soup by certain members of the family, and typically only for company.

Top Review by Mohamjip

This recipe is pretty good. I added some liquid smoke and vegetarian ham (available at Chinese/Vietnamese grocery stores in freezer section) to make it more authentically French-Canadian. I will make it again. Thanks.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil or 2 tablespoons other light tasting oil or 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 12 cups soymilk or 1 12 cups cows milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Put peas in large pot, and wash/rinse with water. Add the 5 cups of water, and bring to a rolling boil. Leave boil 5 minutes, turn heat off and cover for an hour.
  2. Add the carrots, onions, and half of the oil. Bring back to a boil, cover, then leave to simmer for an hour or until the onions are translucent. If a creamier, thicker consistency is desired, leave to cook longer.
  3. Add the remaining oil, soy milk and spices.
  4. Serve. Enjoy!
  5. Vegans-Use only soy milk.

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