Erwtensoep/Pea soup

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I had never really had a desire to even try pea soup until….

John and I were together.  He is from Holland and Erwtensoep is one of their specialties.  I first tried the soup in Amsterdam and instantly fell in love with it!  After we came home John made it a few times.

Being who I am, when I really like something, I want it all the time.  As I may have said before, I don’t follow recipes well.  I like to use several variations, shortcuts etc.  Today I woke up and decided to make a pot of this wonderful Split pea soup and I thought I would share My version with you!

I will tell you first, the dutch normally adds more stuff in theirs then I do.  They have Jowl bacon, porkchops, carrots and potatoes in theirs, If I remember right they even have celery.

Here is what I use:

Bacon (I use Jowl you can use thick sliced or to make it healthier turkey bacon)

  • 5 cups water
  • dried split peas
  • can of chicken, beef or pork stock.  You can use the cans which I prefer or you can buy the dry powder stock cubes
  • salt & pepper to taste

Here is how I prepare mine.

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot
  2. while water is boiling chop up bacon in small pieces
  3. add bacon to pot
  4. add split peas to pot
  5. add stock
  6. reduce hit to simmer
  7. simmer with a lid for about 90 minutes

Optional.  Depending on how you like it.  If you like it smoother you can puree the soup in a blender and serve it that way or you can eat it as is.  Either way I think it is delicious!

I like to serve it up with a side of rusk, which is kind of like a small piece of toast and cheese.  Makes a wonderful lunch!

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This is the Rusk, we find them at Meijer in the international food aisle

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I wasn’t paid nor did I receive free food items on anything mentioned in this post! Open-mouthed smile  BTW, that is pepper jack cheese on the rusk!  Awesome!

“Have you ever tried Split Pea soup OR would you?”

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