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The perfect protein-packed vegan stew for lunch or dinner! THis Hearty Split Pea Stew is loaded with veggies, vegan ham and some homemade bagel croutons that are a must try! #protein #veganprotein #splitpea #vegansoup #veganentree #lunch #dinner #savory #bagel #veggiepacked #musttry #bestvegan #musttryvegan #onthego

Hearty Split Pea Stew with Vegan Ham and Bagel Croutons {vegan + high-protein}

  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings


The perfect protein-packed vegan stew for lunch or dinner! This split pea stew is hearty, loaded with a plethora of veggies and easy to make. PLUS with the addition of homemade bagel croutons, it is definitely a must try recipe!


Split Pea Stew with Vegan Ham

  • 1 1/2 cups split peas
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 leek, dark green end discarded, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh marjoram
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium red boiling potatoes, cubed
  • 2 large carrots, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 package (2.5 oz.) vegan ham (we used Yves)

Bagel Croutons

  • 1 plain bagel, halves and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Split Pea Stew with Vegan Ham

  1. Soak split peas for 2 hours, then drain, and pat dry.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat add 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable broth. Once heated, add the onions, garlic, and leeks. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until onions become translucent, being sure to add more vegetable broth as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Add the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, liquid smoke, fresh marjoram, and bay leaves and stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, split peas, fresh parsley, and vegan ham, along with the remaining vegetable broth. Cover and allow the mixture to come to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 1.5-2 hours or until the broth cooks down to a stew-like consistency and the vegetables have softened. As the stew cooks, prepare the bagel croutons (directions below).
  5. Remove from heat and serve with a generous sprinkle of bagel croutons. Enjoy!

Bagel Croutons

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, add in the bagel cubes. Pour over the melted vegan butter and seasonings, then mix with a spatula or spoon to fully coat the bagel pieces. Pour onto the lined baking sheet and place into the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
  3. Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours