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Would you feel blue if you knew you’d have to go through a few days without a new mouthwatering brew? We would rue the day, too! Luckily our crew came up with this vegan split pea and sweet potato stew, especially for you! Woo-hoo!
Thick and rich, warm and comforting––there’s no better meal than a scrumptious bowl of soup to soothe all of your woes. The simple sweet potatoes and bright orange carrots give this recipe a depth of color and a hint of sweetness, while the pleasant little split peas and aromatic alliums provide a filling and full-flavored punch.
We’re finally through describing this stew, so let’s start simmering!
Why You Must Make This Savory Stew Recipe
We believe that you never need an excuse to make a bowl of warm and wonderful stew. But, if you do, here are several strong reasons for spending time at the stove. Go on, you know you want to!
This recipe is chock full of everything your body (and soul!) needs for nourishment. Each of these star ingredients lends itself to boosting your immune system and giving you the foundation for a delicious and nutritious day.
Split Peas – Nutrient-dense food, very low in fat, high in protein, a good source of vitamins A and B, potassium, and magnesium. Bonus, they have tons of fiber, too.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet, rich in fiber, vitamins A, C, and B6, potassium, niacin, pantothenic acid, and manganese. The skin of the potato has most of the fiber and nutrients.
Carrots – Low in fat and protein, high in fiber, excellent source of beta carotene, rich in B vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium. (Plus, they’re super yummy.)
Onions and Garlic – Full of phytochemicals (which improve immune health and reduce inflammation), low calorie, great for gut health, and both are nutritional powerhouses full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. Onions are also a good source of folate, while garlic is rich in thiamin, calcium, phosphorous, copper, and manganese.
How to Serve Up Split Pea and Sweet Potato Stew
Because this meal is so self-contained, you would think that there might not be much to add to it. But, happily, the World of Vegan team has a few tasty and tempting suggestions to share. If you can think of other ways you would serve your split pea and sweet potato stew, let us know in the comments below!
Break Out the Bread – Step up the satisfaction level by serving with a slice (or two!) of crusty homemade bread. Or, better yet, spoon the succulent stew into scooped-out bread bowls––so delicious.
Choose Creamy or Chunky – Some of you like your soups super smooth, while others will always choose chunky. For a thicker texture, leave the stew as it is once it’s done. For a more silky consistency, use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend the stew for a minute or two before enjoying.
Broth Vs. Bouillon – If you don’t have any prepared or packaged broth, there’s no need to panic. You can just use regular water (and add additional spices) or use 3-4 teaspoons of bouillon paste mixed into 4 cups of warm water.
How To Make This Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
Don’t feel intimidated by the number of steps in this recipe. Each one is so simple that you could be making this stew in your sleep. Prepping the vegetables take the most time before cooking, but if you throw on your a special TV show or listen to an amazing audiobook, the time will fly by!
Peel and prep all of your veggies. Place in a bowl. Do the onion last and place to the side.
Rinse and drain the split peas.
Sauté the onion in the Dutch oven and then add in the rest of the vegetables to cook for 8 minutes. Add in the spices.
Pour in the vegetable broth, add in the split peas, and then let the contents come to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and let simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Equipment You’ll Need
Once all of the ingredients are collected, all you need to do is peel, cut, measure, and cook. Here are the simple kitchen items to get your savory stew started:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Luckily, this soup is so straightforward that there is little to cause confusion. Hopefully, any questions asked and answered here will bring you one step closer to enjoying your stew.
I don’t like sweet potatoes. Can I substitute a different type of potato in this recipe?
Absolutely! The sweet potatoes in this recipe are added for a little added sweetness, which goes well with the dish, but is not mandatory. Feel free to use white, yellow, red, or purple potatoes instead.
Split peas don’t really agree with my stomach. What can I use instead?
If split peas (both yellow or green) are going to cause you digestive issues, you can leave them out. Or, if you wish, use lentils (any type) or beans (chickpea, pinto, or kidney could be delicious) to replace the peas. Just make sure to cook them ahead of time and reduce your stew cooking time to 35-40 minutes instead.
What other vegetables can I add to this vegan sweet potato soup recipe?
You’re in luck! There are many types of vegetables that would taste terrific in this stew. Our suggestions are chopped broccoli or cauliflower, green peas, mushrooms, or also asparagus. Mix and match to your heart’s content!
How To Store Leftover Vegan Split Pea and Sweet Potato Stew
Super simple. Any remaining stew can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. This makes it perfect for meal prepping at the beginning of the week or weekend. Another option is to make a double batch if you have a big enough pot and freeze half of it for another week or special occasion.
To do this, wait until the split pea and sweet potato stew is cool, then add to a freezer safe bag or container. Seal well. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, either microwave for several minutes in a large bowl or reheat on the stovetop over medium heat until desired temperature is reached.
This split pea & sweet potato stew is so scrumptious and satisfying! This savory recipe is loaded with chunks of potato, bright carrots, and sweet corn. Split peas create a thick, hearty texture that is just the thing for any cool evening alongside a loaf of homemade crusty bread.
This vegan split pea and sweet potato stew recipe and article was written by Gina House. Vegan food photography by JJ Steele. Edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.
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