Canadian Split PEA Soup

published by A Bromley on Feb 2, 2013

It is cold and winter and windy; even your bones feel chilled and you need something hot and hearty to bring warmth to your body and a smile to your soul. This soup is just the ticket. You will need 1/2 pound salt pork and 1/2 pound lean Canadian bacon to make this soup…

Sort and rinse

1 pound dried yellow peas  (I sometimes use the mixed yellow and green)

Place peas in a large soup kettle over medium high heat with

2 quarts water

Bring to a full boil and cook for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat

Drain, rinse and return to pot


8 cups water

1/2 pound salt pork cut into cubes

Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer

Simmer for 40 minutes

Remove salt pork and set aside to drain

and Add

1/2 pound Canadian bacon cut into bite size pieces

2 cloves garlic minced

1 large onion diced medium fine

3/4 cup diced celery

1/3 cup coarsely grated carrot

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. dried savory

1/4 tsp. paprika

Stir to combine and return to heat

Bring to full simmer, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until peas are very soft; older peas take longer to cook to soft.  Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and scorching.  Add more water a little at a time as necessary.  You want this soup

to be a thick soup about the thickness of a thickened gravy or gruel.

Remove from heat and serve immediately in warm bowls with fresh baked corn bread on the side.

While soup is cooking chop and fry up the salt pork pieces to golden crisp to use as garnish on your soup when serving along with a sprig of parsley. 

7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Molly Girl 822
    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Perfect for my Chicago winters!

  2. # 2 by jennifer eiffel01
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Very yummy sounding

  3. # 3 by johnmariow
    February 2nd, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Sounds delicious!

  4. # 4 by Val Mills
    February 2nd, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I remember my mother making a version of this. It’s the height of summer here in NZ but I’ll try and remember this when the winter months come.

  5. # 5 by afaceristonline
    February 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    very interesting post .thanks for share

  6. # 6 by Tulan
    February 3rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Sounds like the thing to warm up meat eaters. I could substitute beans for the meat.

  7. # 7 by RBB1010
    February 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Good recipe, so good especially for cold days, thanks.

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