Dutch Snert (Split Pea Soup)

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

The Dutch, who originally settled Manhattan Island in the seventeenth century, brought with them the recipe for this rib sticking pea porridge. Today, it still is served at the Netherland club in Manhattan. Other split pea soups pale in comparison.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb split peas, picked over and rinsed
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 2 pig's feet
  • 14 lb smoked thick slab bacon or 14 lb salt pork, diced
  • 3 leeks, white and green parts separated, well rinsed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, 1 cut into large chunks and 1 diced
  • 1 celeriac, peeled and cut in half
  • Bouquet garni

  • 2 whole cloves, 1 bay leaf, 6 peppercorns, 1 blade of mace, tied in cheesecloth
  • 1 stalk celery & leaves, diced
  • 1 lb cooked smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 bunch parsley, rinsed and chopped


  1. In a non-reactive, large heavy stainless steel stockpot over medium heat, combine the split peas, 3 quarts cold water, the pig’s knuckle or 2 pig's feet, bacon, leek greens, onion, and the chunked carrot. Cut half of the celeriac into large chunks and add along with the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat, partially cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the peas are very soft, about 2 hours.
  2. Remove the pig’s knuckle; set aside to cool. Remove and discard the bouquet garni. Puree the remaining contents of the pot in batches in a food mill or processor until smooth. Return to the pot.
  3. Cut the meat from the pig’s knuckle and add to the pot along with the white part of the leek, the chopped carrot, and the celery. Finely chop the remaining celeriac and add it to the pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until all of the vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the kielbasa and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot in soup bowls, with the chopped parsley on top. Serves 6 to 8.
  5. New York Cookbook.


Most Helpful

Solid recipe for authentic snertesoep. Don't care about the rookworst myself but it is a common addition. Serve with bread. @DinnerBelle: Yes, snertesoep (or "snert") is the Dutch name for it.

Walraven March 22, 2009

This is better than my mom's, though it pains me to say so. I used a single smoked pig knuckle in place of the pig's feet and bacon. I've never heard it called "snert" before, though. I'll have to ask the cousins

DinnerBelle January 30, 2009

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