Slow-Cooked Yellow Pea Soup

Slow-Cooked Yellow Pea Soup
Photography by Brian Wetzstein | Food styling by Donna Coates and Linda Hall

A hearty, meatless version of the Swedish ärtsoppa, this soup is full of vegetables, herbs and flavor.

SERVING SIZE: 1 cup (270 grams)
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 1⅓ cups yellow split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1½ cups sliced parsnips
  • 6⅓ cups (1,500 milliliters) water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons dried marjoram
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4½ hours, stirring every hour, until peas are soft.
  3. Let cool slightly to allow soup to thicken before serving.

Cooking note: In Sweden, it is common to top yellow pea soup with a dollop of brown mustard.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 198 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 581mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate, 13g fiber, 9g sugar, 11g protein, 725mg potassium, 162mg phosphorus

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