Sweet and Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup: Seasonal Chef Recipe


Bright yellow split pea soup is high in protein and super easy to cook. With the cold weather upon us, there is nothing more filling than a delicious steamy bowl of yellow split peas. This is a great make-ahead soup and perfect for lunch. Click this link: to read more about split peas from Seasonal Chef.

Sweet and Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

The spiciness of this partially pureed yellow split pea soup is balanced with a bright orange sweet potato.


  • 1/2 cup celery, 1/4" dice, about 2 stalks
  • 1 cup carrot, 1/4" dice, about 2
  • 2 cups onion, 1/4" dice, 1 large
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flake, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups stock
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups sweet potato, 1/2" cubes, 1 medium
  • 1 teaspoon dry parsley
  • Chives, garnish


  1. Place the celery, carrot, onion and olive oil in a small stock pot. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables get soft and take on a little color.
  2. Add the chili flake and cook for 30 seconds. Raise the that slightly and add the stock and yellow split peas and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the split peas are soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Twenty minutes into cooking add the sweet potato and replace the lid. Continue cooking until the yellow split peas and the sweet potato are soft. Take the lid off, mix in the parsley and turnoff the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. With your immersion blender puree 1/3 of the soup contents, leaving most of it still whole. Stir the partially pureed mix with the chunky part. Tasted for seasoning and add salt additional chili flake as desired.
  5. Garnish with finely sliced chives and serve.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

1 Comment

  1. made this for dinner for last night … easy to make even for a amateur cook like me … the flavors just burst in my mouth … loved this one Chef Maria …

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