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For comfort food with bare minimum effort, this hearty and flavorful green pea soup recipe is a must-try dish that will make your day feel extra cozy.
Peas are one of my daughters’ favorite veggies, and this soup was a hit with them — and with me too, because it was so easy. Using just a few simple ingredients (including fresh or frozen produce!), this healthy soup takes a few simple steps and comes together with just minutes of hands-on prep.
Peas show up in many of my comfort food recipes like sweet potato shepherd’s pie, quick fried rice, creamy chicken pot pie soup, a healthy tuna casserole, and can even be added to a sausage kale soup — but in this dish, they play the starring role and create a vibrant green color and rich aroma.
Why You’ll Love This Pea Soup Recipe
- Lightly sweet and savory flavors
- Hearty, thick, and creamy texture
- Just 6 simple ingredients
- On the table in just 30 minutes
- Healthy, moderately low carb, and vegetarian
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for the best pea soup recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Oil – Used for sauteing. I opted for olive oil, but you could use avocado oil or any heat-safe oil you like.
- Onion – For the best flavor and texture, use diced sweet or yellow onions.
- Garlic – I use 2 fresh garlic cloves, but you can also substitute 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
- Peas – You can use fresh or frozen peas. Fresh ones give the soup a bright and vibrant flavor, while frozen ones have a more concentrated sweetness. Feel free to add in extra veggies such as carrots, celery, broccoli, or spinach. Avoid using dry green split peas here, as they will take much longer to cook compared to the other ingredients.
- Vegetable Stock – Chicken broth or bone broth will also work, if you don’t need it to be vegetarian.
- Heavy Cream – Adds a richer, creamier texture to the dish. It also gives a hint of sweetness and a velvety finish to the soup. If needed, substitute plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, or coconut milk for a dairy-free option.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper – To taste. You could also garnish with thyme for extra flavor.
VARIATION: Ham and pea soup!
How To Make Pea Soup
This section shows how to make stove top green pea soup, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Saute aromatics. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add the diced onion and saute until softened. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add peas and vegetable stock. Stir well.
- Simmer. Bring the vegetarian pea soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the peas are tender.
- Puree. Remove the soup from heat and cool for a few minutes. Pour into a blender, working in batches if it doesn’t all fit, and blend until smooth. (You could also use an immersion blender instead.)
- Add creaminess. Return the blended pea soup to the pot and place over medium-high heat. Add cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat, stirring occasionally, until just starting to bubble again.
- Garnish. Remove from heat and serve. If desired, garnish with extra cream, fresh cracked black pepper, and peas on top.
- Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Meal prep: Simply make a large batch, split it into individual portions, and store in airtight containers.
- Reheat: Warm soup in the microwave, or on the stovetop over medium heat.
Can You Freeze Pea Soup?
Yes, you can freeze pea soup recipes! Place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
What To Serve With Pea Soup
Try these classic pairings for creamy pea soup to transform it into a filling meal.
- Salad – Pair cozy soup with a fresh chef salad, savory BLT salad, or a lightly sweet pear salad.
- Bread – Enjoy it with your favorite crusty bread, or try lighter options like cauliflower breadsticks or almond flour biscuits.
- Crackers – Crumble up your favorite crackers, or for lighter options, try healthy flaxseed crackers or almond flour crackers.
- Sandwiches – This soup is perfect with an easy egg salad sandwich, cucumber subs, or a crunchy bell pepper sandwich.
- Main Dish – Serve this soup as an appetizer to chicken and rice in the Instant Pot.
More Spring Soup Recipes
The most comforting soups are the creamy ones! For cozy flavor that’s also perfect for spring (or, let’s be real, any time of year that’s not summer), try these recipes next:
- Large Pot – The perfect size to make a recipe for pea soup!
Pea Soup Recipe (Easy, 6 Ingredients!)
This green pea soup recipe is full of savory flavor, with the natural sweetness of peas and a creamy texture in every bite. Just 30 minutes!
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until softened.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
Add the peas and vegetable stock. Stir well.
Bring the pea soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.
Pour the soup into a blender (work in batches if it doesn’t all fit) and blend until smooth.
Return the blended soup to the pot and place over medium heat. Add the cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just starting to bubble again.
Remove from heat and serve. If desired, garnish with extra cream, fresh cracked black pepper, and peas on top.
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Serving Size: 1 cup
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