Creamy Split Pea Turmeric & Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

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red lentil vegetable soup in white bowl

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Creamy Split Pea Turmeric & Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

I love a steamy, creamy bowl of comforting soup during winter to make my body feel boosted, energized and healthier. Nothing is better on a cold day than curling up with a warm, filling bowl of soup and this red lentil vegetable soup might become your go-to recipe! It’s a simple, no-fuss recipe that the whole family can enjoy!

lentil vegetable soup garnished and ready to serve

This soup is like a big, warm healing hug for your entire body.  It is full of good-for-you colorful ingredients.  Soothing vegetable broth, freshly ground black pepper and pungent garlic and onion are perfect for your throat and sinuses this time of year. 

I added turmeric which contains a compound called curcumin that provides antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory effects.  I also added fresh parsley which provides immune-boosting antioxidants and is said to have antibacterial properties as well. All of these healthy flavors work so well together and make a completely satisfying vegetable soup. 

cream and parsley added at the end of cooking

I wanted to make this soup a bit heartier and more like a meal than a typical vegetable soup so I added plant-based protein from split peas and red lentils.  Both are low-calorie, high fiber sources of protein and iron.  Split peas also offer vitamins A and C.  Red lentils provide important minerals such as potassium and folate. 

Both the lentils and split peas cook down and start to disappear into the soup the longer you let it simmer on the stove. They make the soup more creamy, filling and delicious too! 

Organic Imagine vegetable broth makes this soup perfect!

I also bulked the soup up with nutritious vegetables: celery, carrots and tomatoes.  To make the soup creamy but keep it vegan I added a homemade almond cream sauce that couldn’t be easier to make. 

I simply soaked raw slivered almonds in boiling water and then pureed them with fresh water in my high speed blender.  It creates a thick and slightly sweet white cream that pairs perfectly with this soup.  It helps to mellow out all the big flavor it has going on in it.  This is a great vegan cream recipe to keep for making your vegan sauces, soups, and curries extra creamy and delicious. 

soup being stirred with garnishes added

I’m thrilled to be partnering again with my favorite vegetable broth brand, Imagine.  This recipe uses their organic vegetable broth which has a fresh homemade taste and the perfect depth of flavor for this healing soup. 

For years I have been exclusively using their organic vegetable broths for the great flavor and peace of mind. I love knowing it’s a healthy, organic vegetable stock that’s perfect for everyday use. 

I honestly think it is the best tasting broth out there. It is made with real, wholesome, all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free, Kosher Parve, USDA certified Organic and non-GMO Project verified.  I love knowing that there is absolutely nothing artificial in my broth (no preservatives or added MSG). 

It contains only the good stuff from the finest farm-grown organic vegetables and savory herbs and seasonings.  And that is why I think it tastes the best.  I feel good giving this high-quality broth to my family.

creamy vegetable soup with lentils

With the veggies, herbs, legumes and flavor-boosters, this creamy soup really has it all and is perfect to cozy up to this winter.  It will leave you feeling satisfied and healthier.

lentil soup in white bowls ready to be served

Creamy Red Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe

This soup is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free.  If you give this a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your soup creations.

red lentil soup garnished with parsley and vegan cream

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Creamy Split Pea Turmeric & Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 67 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 22 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


This hearty winter vegan vegetable soup is loaded with good-for-you ingredients and tastes incredible. It is creamy, full of pungent flavor and will warm your body (and soul) from the inside out.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, diced*
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced*
  • 3 large celery stalks, leaves/ends removed and diced*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (or more if desired using up to 1 tablespoon total)
  • 1, 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 cup split red lentils
  • 1/2 cup split peas
  • 7 cups Imagine Organic Vegetable Broth (or 8 cups for a more brothy soup)
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted blanched and slivered almonds, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes (or sub raw unsalted cashews)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley, diced


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the oil, onion, carrots, celery, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes until veggies begin to soften.
  2. Stir frequently for even cooking.
  3. Add the garlic and turmeric and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes (and their juices), red lentils, split peas and the Imagine Organic Vegetable Broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, turn down heat and let simmer uncovered for one hour until split peas are soft.
  6. Stir occasionally.
  7. Meanwhile make the almond cream sauce. Drain and rinse the soaked almonds and add to a high speed blender.
  8. Add fresh water and blend on high speed for at least one minute.
  9. Check the sauce to ensure it is smooth and creamy.
  10. Once split peas are soft, turn off heat. Stir in fresh parsley and almond cream sauce.
  11. Season to taste and serve. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, fresh diced parsley and a drizzle of almond cream sauce if desired.
  12. Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week or in your freezer for two months.


* I like to dice my onion, carrots and celery extra small for this recipe.

  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: America

Keywords: red lentil vegetable soup, lentil soup, vegan lentil soup

top shot of the vegetable soup with spoon and a cloth

This post is sponsored by Imagine.  I am thrilled to partner with Imagine, a brand I have been loyal to for years now. Their broth is available in natural and conventional retailers nationwide.

As always, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that I work with and love!

top shot of the vegetable soup with the Organic Imagine vegetable broth packaging visible

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  1. West Coast DIY

    Any idea on the serving size and calorie count?

    • Elaine Gordon

      Hi there – i shared above in the recipe that it makes 6-8 servings. I usually enjoy 2 cups depending on how hungry I am and what else I am eating along with the soup. I have not calculated the calorie count for this recipe but I believe there are online free calorie trackers where you could input the ingredients and figure out your serving size and it will provide you with the calories. I have not done this myself but have heard good things. I hope this helps a bit. Please let me know. And good luck! I hope you enjoy the soup 🙂

  2. Deb G

    Hello from Canada..I made this soup today and it is very tasty as is before my slight changes. I blended up 2c of the soup as I like a thicker soup and stirred in 1c of almond milk. I’m sure making up the almond cream would have been better but I’m happy with adding the milk, saving time.
    Thank you for posting your recipe Elaine!

    • Elaine Gordon

      Hello, Deb! So happy you loved it and thank you for sharing your substitutions. I’ll have to try blending part of it next time! Sounds good! Thank you again!

  3. Laurie Theiss

    The split peas take so much longer to cook when rest of soup is done. I will partially cook peas separately and then add to soup at the beginning. Flavor is excellent.

    • Elaine Gordon

      Oh, no! I’m so sorry to hear that, Laurie! How. much longer would you say it took you? Please let me know anything that might have impacted your cooking time so I can warn others. I haven’t experienced this myself but want to understand so this doesn’t happen again to others. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the flavor regardless and were able to make it work! Best, Elaine

  4. ashok

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    • Elaine Gordon

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this one! And thank you so much for sharing it with your friends! Please let me know what they think! Best, Elaine


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