Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DUTCH SPLIT PEA SOUP

A-Z Soups.

Split peas make a superb soup. Years ago I see these old movies where the pilots are flying in fog and they always tell the control tower that visibility is poor because the fog’s “thick as pea soup”.

 Pea soup the way they make it in the Netherlands is indeed thick, moreover it is fragrant and a thorough pleasure to eat on a chilly, rainy day. Dutch split pea soup can be made in a slow cooker if you desire. Just imagine turning it on before you leave the house in the morning and returning to a wonderful nourishing soup.

Adapted from :      kayotic nl blog dutch split pea soup

Dutch Split Pea Soup                 Serves 6


  • 1 pound of dried green split peas
  • 2 quarts of water or thin ham broth
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 large onion
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced (2 cups)
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • ½ pound cooked ham or ham hocks
  • 1 pound of smoked sausage ( kielbasa, andouille, rookworst or other) sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery sliced thinly
  • Celery leaves, chopped finely for garnish

Method:

  1. Sort through and wash and drain peas
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large pot
  3. Stick the cloves in the onions and add to pot
  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour, stirring from time to time
  5. Remove the onions and bay leaves
  6. Puree the soup with a stick-blender or in batches in an electric blender
  7. Add the potatoes, carrot, ham, sausage and celery
  8. Simmer for 20 minutes
  9. Check that potatoes and carrot are tender
  10. Taste for salt and pepper
  11. Garnish with celery leaves

Now that’s a proper Dutch split pea soup, thick and rich and hearty.

 Enjoy.

26 comments:

Joyce said...

I like to put a ham bone in my split pea soup. I just bought a ham for Easter so am planning to make soup next week : )

Pat Hatt said...

I have heard the expression before, never seen the soup though.

Lynn Proctor said...

sounds really good--one of my daughter's favorites!

anthony stemke said...

JOYCE: A hambone is a wonderful flavouring agent. Please have a happy Easter.

PAT HATT: This then would be an ideal time to try some.

LYNN PROCTOR: Your daughter has good taste.

Lizzy said...

Oh, I love the addition of sausage! I'll be making split pea soup with our Easter ham bone...thanks for the excellent recipe~

Horst Peters said...

I'm going to try this recipe. It looks similar to how my mom used to make pea soup.

Horst Peters
http://horst-peters.blogspot.ca

Tracy said...

You know I might like split pea soup if I didn't have to look at it...it's not at all appealing but I love peas; imagine!
great D word...

Jay said...

looks yumm & healthy
Tasty Appetite

My Journey With Candida said...

I simply love split pea soup. This is a new one.... putting cloves in the onions. I am going to have to try that next time I make it.

Nate Wilson said...

I think the next we're considering making lentil soup, I'm going to suggest we go with this recipe instead. Sounds delicious.

Plus, to tie it back to the old airplane movies, I'll fly the spoon into my son's mouth.

heatneat said...

The clove in the onion is a classic flavoring method used for Bechamel sauce- a way to impart a mist of flavor to an otherwise pedestrian base. Pea soup however can be sublime, especially with the addition of smoked and cured pork. I love it and make it regularly (though not outside of fall/winter).
Good recipe!
I am translating the Espresso Delight, check it out!

heatneat said...

The clove in the onion is a classic flavoring method used for Bechamel sauce- a way to impart a mist of flavor to an otherwise pedestrian base. Pea soup however can be sublime, especially with the addition of smoked and cured pork. I love it and make it regularly (though not outside of fall/winter).
Good recipe!
I am translating the Espresso Delight, check it out!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

this looks amazing! oH i would put some peppered bacon in mine and call it a day!

Al Penwasser said...

Looks like-well, you can figure out what it looks like-but I've had soup like this before. Oh, so delicious. And this looks even better than that.

anthony stemke said...

LIZZY: Your Easter meal will be fab with this soup, even if it is not rainy or chilly.

HORST PETERS: Thanks for trying it, I hope it is as good as your moms.

TRACY: Ok, is hard to imagine. Is it the colour? If so try using yellow split peas, untraditional but still good. Thanks for calling.

JAY: Hi and thanks for saying so.

MY JOURNEY WITH CANDIDA: Golly, do you mean I finally found a soup you can eat? Great!

NATE WILSON: I like lentil soup too. I remember the airplane -spoon forty years ago for my little girl.

HEATNEAT: Sounds to me like you had some culinary training. Many people consider bechamel sauce a simple white sauce,a flour/fat roux and milk and nothing else.
Thanks, I'm happy that you like this soup.
German language is very difficult, thanks for letting me read the latest article.

KITCHEN BELLEICIOUS: Pepper bacon is a great idea. I would call it scrumptious. Thanks.

The Golden Eagle said...

Ah, so this is the soup where the saying originated!

Nikki said...

Wow, thank you for the recipe, this looks delicious!

Nikki – inspire nordic

anthony stemke said...

AL PENWASSER: This would go good on your "diet".

THE GOLDEN EAGLE: That's right and it is a delicious soup.

NIKKI: You're welcome Nikki and it is.

Adrienne said...

That looks delicious! The one time I tried to make pea soup, it was a horrible disaster, but I'm going to try your recipe. Yum!

maha said...

sounds really nice..nice presentation.
maha

anthony stemke said...

ADRIENNE: It's a delicious soup I hope you will try again.

MAHA: Hi, Thank You for your kind words.

Poonam Borkar said...

soup looks so yummy..wonderful recipe!!
Spicy-Aroma

anthony stemke said...

POONAM BORKAR: Thank You, we love this soup, especially in cooler weather.

the Junkie book said...

Another delish from you!

Thank you!

anthony stemke said...

THE JUNKIE BOOK: Thank You for your kind words.

city said...

nice opinion.. thanks for sharing.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...