French Canadian Pea Soup

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This authentic French Canadian recipe is a classic belly warmer.

 
  
. Prep
15 min.
Cook
2 hrs
Ready In
2 1/2 hours
8 servings
Trans-fat Free, Low Carb
 
Metric measurements

Ingredients

1pound peas, dried *
8cups water
1/2pound salt pork all in one piece
1each onion large, chopped
1/2cup celery chopped
1/4cup carrots grated
1/4cup parsley leaves fresh, chopped
1each bay leaf *
1teaspoon savory dried
1x salt to taste*
1x black pepper to taste*
* not incl. in nutrient facts

Directions

Newfoundland Pea Soup is very similar, but usually includes more vegetables such as diced turnips and carrots, and is often topped with small dumplings.

This soup is very good reheated. The most authentic version of Quebec's soupe aux pois use whole yellow peas, with salt pork and herbs for flavour. After cooking, the pork is usually chopped and returned to the soup, or sometimes removed to slice thinly and served separately. Instead of fresh or dried herbs, herbes salees (herbs preserved with salt) are often used; they are available commercially or made at home.

Pea soup remains a popular dish in restaurants where tourists enjoy a true taste of old Quebec. In some variations, a little garlic, leeks, other vegetables or a ham bone are added for flavour. For a thicker consistency (though this is not traditional) a cup or two of cooked peas can be pureed then returned to the soup.

Wash and sort peas; soak in cold water overnight.

Drain and place in a large pot; add water, parsley, salt pork, onion, celery, carrots, parsley, bay leaf, savory and 1 tsp salt.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until peas are very tender, about 2 hours, adding more water if needed.

Remove salt pork; chop and return to soup. Discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

First published: last updated: 2014-04-16

 
 
 
 
5.0 stars - based on 6 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 1

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Reviewed: about 3 years ago

This recipe has been popular for a long time, a few very inexpensive ingredients create a very flavorful soup. Serve it hot, at room temperature or chilled with some crusty bread. Another one of our favorite soup recipes that we make all the time!

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5 comments

Love this recipe. I use ham bone instead of salt pork when I have it.

anonymous
Mobile, United States over 4 years ago

This is an excellent and easy recipe! I'm from Quebec and we've been maling Fr. Cdn pea soup for years.

harryl
toronto over 2 years ago

love this soup. Full of flavor and guilt free. Just right after holiday reason.

Qian
Miami, United States over 2 years ago

My parents brought this soup as well as other
French Canadian recipes from Lewiston Maine.
I have a hard time finding the whole yellow peas. Used to find them at Ikea! Recently found
whole yellow peas at an Indian/Fiji grocery store.

I would give this a five star!
I will get back to you re: Fiji peas.4

Bobbi Roy
Los Angeles/Miami about 2 years ago

having lived in the province Quebec, their pea soup was always one of my favorites! So look forward to trying this recipe.
Joanne H Ferguson
Henrico,VA.

anonymous
Glen Allen, United States over 1 year ago
 
 
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 291g (10.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 22094% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 423mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?