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French Canadian Pea Soup


This authentic French Canadian recipe is a classic belly warmer and perfect for a cold day.












Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


1 pound peas, dried
8 cups water
1/2 pound salt pork
all in one piece
1 onions
large, chopped
1/2 cup celery
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup parsley leaves
fresh, chopped
1 bay leaves
1 teaspoon savory
to taste
black pepper
to taste


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 puréed 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 teaspoon 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.


* not incl. in nutrient facts



almost 6 years

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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Mobile, United States
 about 7 years ago

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

 over 5 years ago

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

Miami, United States
 about 5 years ago

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

Bobbi Roy
Los Angeles/Miami
 over 4 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

Whole yellow are found everywhere in quebec. Try the bulk stores and supermarkets. I have always had trouble finding them in the states.

Bon Appetit

Home chef
Toronto, Canada
 7 days ago

Glen Allen, United States
 over 4 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

plattsburgh ny
 about 1 year ago

My Quebecois family always made this soup with a leftover ham hawk and whole yellow peas. Maybe it's a family alteration but the small carrots were always left whole and hominy was also mixed in with the peas. I cheat and use no-salt chicken broth instead of water for a richer flavor.

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?


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