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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Saffron and Crispy Croutons

This yellow split pea soup with saffron and crispy croutons is a simple, vegetarian creamy soup recipe with incredible flavors and vibrant colors! 

I love creamy soups and this is not a secret anymore! And by love I mean I am absolutely crazy about them! Every time I make a new recipe of creamy soup I eat double or triple servings. I even created my own top 5 best creamy soups:

1. Green Peas Creamy Soup

2.  Red Lentil Creamy Soup

3. Yellow Split Pea Soup – straight to 3rd place, the green peas soup will remain my all time favorite 🙂

4. Potato and Carrot Caraway Flavored Creamy Soup

5.  Mushroom Creamy Soup with Garlic Flavored Baguettes

I always look for new creamy soup recipes to try, but I always create my own version and add new ingredients. By the way, I always see creamy soup recipes that are so thick they almost look like purées. Seriously, who likes that?! If I want to eat a veggie purée, I’ll eat a veggie purée, but soup is supposed to be liquid, right? I’d really like to know your opinion on this. How do you like your creamy soups?

I bought some yellow split peas recently and had no idea what to do with them. I remembered yesterday about how much I loved the green peas soup and decided to make this yellow split pea soup. I figured it will be just like making lentils soup. Well, the difference was that you have to boil yellow split peas for about an hour, unlike the lentils which are ready in less than 20 minutes.

What I love about this yellow split pea soup is its vibrant color! I added just a pinch of turmeric and garnished it with saffron. I think this yellow split pea soup goes very well with saffron, but we all know how expensive it is, so if you don’t have any don’t worry, this yellow peas soup is great with sour cream or croutons too.

P.S. I saw so many wonderful variations of this yellow split pea soup recipe – Indian, spicy, sour etc. This Swedish version caught my attention. Will try it soon! 🙂

Yellow Split Pea Soup with Saffron, Sour Cream and Croutons

Yield: 8+ servings

Yellow Split Pea Soup with Saffron and Crispy Croutons

Yellow Peas Creamy Soup with Saffron and Sour Cream

This yellow split pea soup with saffron and crispy croutons is a simple, vegetarian creamy soup recipe with incredible flavors and vibrant colors!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 250g (1 cup) dry yellow split peas
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 100g (1 cup) chopped celery root
  • butter or olive oil, abut 2 Tbsps
  • sea salt and white pepper, to taste
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • whole grain croutons, optional
  • saffron, optional – for garnish
  • sour cream, optional
  • parlsey, optional – for garnish


  1. Put the peas in a pot, covered with water, and let it boil for about 40-50 minutes. Replace the water in the pot with fresh water after half an hour; this way it won’t cause any bloating as it usually has the same effects as beans.
  2. After 50 minutes, add cubed potatoes, sliced carrot, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Boil for anouther 20 minutes. Add more water if needed, just enough to cover the veggies (don’t add too much or the soup will be too liquid, you can adjust it’s thickness later).
  3. Remove from heat and add olive oil or butter and turmeric and stir well.
  4. Using a vertical blender, start blending until the soup is creamy.
  5. Garnish with saffron, parsley, sour cream or croutons…your choice 🙂

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 251Total Fat 6.4gCarbohydrates 38gProtein 10.2g

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Thursday 19th of July 2018

Amazing soup!! It has become one of my favorite creamy soups ever :) Thanks!

Ruxandra Micu

Thursday 18th of October 2018

You're welcome! Glad you liked the recipe!

Oge @ healthy quick meals

Wednesday 6th of November 2013

Thank you Ruxandra for this wonderful recipe! I am with you on the texture of creamy soups. They have to be dense, but not at a puree consistency. Sometimes the soup thickens up if we don't finish at one sitting. Then I like adding some stock to thin it out. As another fan of creamy soups I like how delicious this was even though I left out the dairy. I will have to head over to the other soups in your top 5.


Friday 8th of November 2013

Glad you like it Oge! If you liked this one, you definitely have to try the other ones too. The green peas soup is delicious! Also, the lentils soup is one of my favs.


Monday 22nd of July 2013

Imi pare rau sa am vazut aceasta reteta abia acum, mai ales ca in aceste zile tin un regim de detoxifiere. Oricum, imediat ce termin cura fac reteta propusa de tine. Multumesc din suflet.


Monday 22nd of July 2013

Ma bucur mult ca iti place. E una din retetele mele preferate! De abia astept sa imi spui cum ti-a iesit :D

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