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Split pea soup (traditional Dutch recipe)


My favourite healthy winter warmer is my late dad’s recipe homemade thick pea soup, very popular in Holland. Made with green or yellow split peas (preferably green), leeks, celeriac, a small potato and a few vegetable stock cubes. No need to soak the peas, cook for around three hours until the peas are completely soft and the soup has thickened. No need to blend unless you prefer it completely smooth. For non-vegetarians add slices of smoked sausage or slow cooked pork cut into small pieces. This can be cooked in the soup for extra flavour. It makes a nice meal with some crusty wholemeal bread. Very filling. If anybody would like the recipe I can post that too.

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Hey Freesia3, this looks lovely and very appetising to me so I'm glad that you posted it.

Its real bread week Feb 23 so if you want to post a recipe for your wholemeal bread then please do.

We love photo's and recipes of each others baking on here. 😊

Freesia3 in reply to Jerry

Sorry Jerry, I’m ashamed to say it’s my local baker who makes the nice crusty wholemeal bread, not me! 🙁

JerryAdministrator in reply to Freesia3

Hey if I wasn't a coeliac I'd be buying wholemeal bread from my local baker...😊

ZestStar in reply to Freesia3

Lovely that you have a local baker making such delicious bread. Yum! :-)



Hi Freesia3

I really like the look and sound of your soup - have you posted the recipe anywhere, as I'd love to try it. :-)

Zest :-)

Freesia3 in reply to Zest

Hi, I’m flattered you would like to try my soup. I just have to translate my dad’s recipe from the Dutch. Won’t be long, watch this space!

Freesia3 in reply to Zest


1 packet of green split peas - 500gr (yellow if green not available but not as nice)

600 gr. boneless pork shoulder or fillet, or ham hock if not vegetarian

1 leek, sliced

3/4 celeriac, cubed

1 small potato, cubed

1 1/2 litres of cold water

3 vegetable stock cubes (or more to taste)

peas at the bottom of the pan

next the meat, followed by

leeks, celeriac, potato, stock cubes and water

Bring to the boil without stirring and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours

Remove the meat, cut into small pieces and put back in the pan

Simmer for another 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally so that the peas do not stick to the bottom of the pan.

If it gets a bit too thick just add some water or stock. You can of course add more flavouring or spices if you so wish.

I suppose it might be possible to do it in a slow oven or in a pressure cooker but I’ve always done it the traditional way on the hob.

I hope it turns out nice for you. Let me know please?

Good luck!

ZestStar in reply to Freesia3

Hi Freesia3

Thank you so much, I will definitely try it - hopefully next week or on the weekend, depending on when I get the ingredients. I will let you know how it goes! I'm looking forward to trying it. I am sure it will be 'Lekker' (I've just come back from Amsterdam, and my Dutch is limited, but I know the word 'lekker' :-) )

Zest :-)

Looks delicious freesia3

Definitely going to try this recipe Thankyou for the recipe x

Have a good day x

Freesia3 in reply to Roseann75

Thanks Roseann, hope it works out 😊

sounds lovely. i would add lots of spices for my extra flavour. its a long time since i had split pea soup. thanks for posting. love grace xoxo

Freesia3 in reply to grace111

I don’t like spicy foods myself but of course you can add anything you like 😊

Yes please for the recipe.......

Freesia3 in reply to Redspot

Hi Redspot, if you scroll back a little you will see my recipe in reply to Zest. 😊

That looks really tasty.

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