Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe With Cassava (Yuca)
This vegan split pea soup recipe with cassava (yuca) is ultimate comfort food. With green split peas, madras curry, turmeric, and cumin, the flavor of this dish is fantastic. Even better, this vegan food recipe is high protein (13 grams per serving) and of the 35 grams of carbs per serving, 14 grams of those are fiber (does not include cassava/yuca)! It’s exactly what a rainy day or cold day calls for- delicious, nutritious, and warming.Jump to Recipe
Let’s talk this vegan green split pea soup recipe. It’s delicious, requires no meat to give it loads of flavor, and my kids love it. My husband even gives this soup props and he is very particular about soup.
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What I Love About This Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe With Cassava (Yuca)
- Delicious comfort food recipe
- It’s inexpensive and ingredients are easy to find
- Just as good (or even better) the next day so a meal prep win!
- Great for the entire family, babies included!
- Satisfying and nutritious
- Easily prepared stovetop, crockpot/slow cooker, or instant pot
- Easy vegan recipe, completely plant based!
*If using this green split pea soup recipe as baby food make here are other homemade baby food recipes to try.
If you prefer using vegetable broth instead of water, replace half the water with vegetable broth.
If you are not vegetarian or vegan, add some meat to it. A salty cod fish is my preferred meat to add to this split pea soup.
Add flavorless protein powder for even more protein. Here is the all-plant protein powder I use. I love it because it is truly tasteless and adds 10 grams of protein to this meal when adding one serving. It’s one of my go-to ways to add more protein to soups, pancakes, and smoothies.
Cooking Variations: Make Your Split Pea Soup In a Crockpot!
Throw everything in a crockpot and let it cook on low overnight or while you’re out running errands or at work.
Both the cassava (yuca) and split pea soup can be prepared on the stovetop, in a crock pot, or in an instant pot.
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Notes + Tips To Make This Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe Even Easier
Pro tip: Meal prep in advance and serve next day for a comforting thick soup. Who would have though meal prepping would make a meal taste even better!
This split pea soup only uses water and seasonings. Hot off the stove it will be a runny soup (9 cups). Let is cool and then put in air tight container overnight in the fridge, it thickens to my preferred consistency. I usually prepare this soup a day in advance and enjoy a really comforting thick soup. It also freezes well.
This split pea soup recipe adds cassava (yuca) to it for some additional yummy comforting goodness. It’s optional, but well worth it to add it to the soup. If you are low carb, I would leave it out or use a very small amount.
What Is Cassava/Yuca?
In the United States cassava is usually called yuca. Cassava is a buttery, starchy, root vegetable that I grew up eating. It is commonly used in Caribbean food dishes as well as Latin American cuisine.
I actually get mine in a large 5 lb bag in the frozen food section at Walmart. It lasts forever and a little goes a long way.
How to Cook Cassava
Cassava, or yuca, has a wonderfully soft and buttery texture. It is usually paired with big bold flavors like salt fish (salted cod fish) and tomato choka and is always lightly seasoned.
It is very easy to prepare, frozen or fresh. All you do is fill a stock pot with water (enough to completely submerge the cassava. Add salt. Once boiling add cassava, yuca, and boil until completely tender. Usually 20-30 minutes. That’s it.
Nutritional Value of Green Split Peas
This recipe calls for green split peas. Super nutritious. High fiber. Extremely filling. These are a few of my favorite things.
It is also rich in B vitamins, magnesium, and a great option if you are watching your cholesterol. A really delicious soup that is packed with great healthy benefits.
Vegan Split Pea Soup with Cassava (Yuca)
- stock pot
- crock pot or instant pot (if preparing this way)
- food processor or cutting board
- 1 lb green split peas (one bag)
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp madras curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cumin
- 3 tsp Pink Himalayan salt (or salt of choice)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp ground red pepper
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- 8 cups water
- 4 pieces cassava peeled
- 1-2 tsp salt
Split Pea Soup
- Add 1 tsp olive oil to heated stock pot
- Sautee onion and garlic for 2 minutes
- Add curry powder, turmeric, and cumin and continue sautéing for another 3 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Until boiling have cover on pot. Once boiling remove lid on pot.
- Once boiling add salt, black pepper, coriander, and red pepper
- Cook on medium-high heat for up to 75 minutes, or until peas are tender. Usually that means 60-75 minutes.
- Near end of cooking add nutritional yeast (optional)
- Allow to cool or serve immediately. Best served next day after soup has had time to thicken.
- Boil water and up to 2 tsp salt (make sure enough water to completely covers all of the cassavas)
- Add 6 pieces of cassava to seasoned water
- Boil for 20-30 minutes
- Strain water
- Allow to cool and add chopped pieces to soup.
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