Vegan Split Pea Soup topped with crispy fried mushroom “bacon” is the comforting dinner you NEED in your life! It’s hearty, packed with nutritious ingredients, and even kid-friendly.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 tbsp finely minced garlic (2–3 large cloves)
- 1 ½ cups carrots, diced
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup peeled yellow potatoes, diced into ½ inch cubes
- 2 cups dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
- 6–7 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 ½–2 tsp kosher salt
- ¾–1 tsp pepper
- 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 3 tbsp fresh chopped dill
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 medium lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
- 1 ½ tsp agave syrup (optional)
Fried Mushroom Bacon:
- 1 ½ cup vegetable oil (or other high heat oil)
- 6–8 oz, shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
- Salt, pepper, smoked paprika
- Heat a large soup pot to medium and add oil. Add onions and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add celery, carrots, potatoes, salt, and pepper, stir and cook for a few minutes.
- Add split peas and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- While the soup is cooking, add 1 ½ cups of vegetable oil to a deep dutch oven or similar pot. Heat over medium to medium high heat. Line a sheet pan with paper towel and set on the counter next to pot. In a small bowl, mix together about 1 tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1 tsp smoked paprika. Set next to sheet pan.
- Once oil is heated, add thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms in batches, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook until the shiitakes are crispy – it should take about 5 minutes per batch.
- Remove with a slotted spoon to a cutting board lined with paper towels. Immediately sprinkle with the salt mixture. Repeat with all mushrooms.
- Add parsley, dill, and oregano to the soup and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- Puree 4 cups of soup in a heat resistant blender with 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, lemon juice, and agave. Pour back in the soup pot and stir well. Alternatively, you can blend the entire soup, or leave it unblended.
- Top with shiitake bacon and vegan sour cream.
When reheating leftovers, you may need to add more vegetable broth to loosen it up. The soup tends to thicken when refrigerated.
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