Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs
A traditional dish for Fridays (a legacy from Quebec's religious past). After cooking, I like to remove about half the peas and puree them in order to thicken the soup. I use a ham bone or pork hocks instead of salt pork. The savoury is essential to get the right flavour. You can also soak the peas overnight instead of using the quick-soak method.
- 1 lb whole dried yellow peas
- 8 cups water
- 1⁄2 lb salt pork (or a ham bone)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery, chopped finely
- 1⁄4 cup carrot, grated or chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon dried savory
- Wash and sort peas; place in a large pot, bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour.
- Add salt pork, onion, celery, carrots, 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.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
This recipe is very close to my own. It is one of my favorite comfort foods. I use summer savory when I have it. French-Canadian Pea Soup also freezes well and is quickly reheated in the microwave. It may taste better reheated after it has spend overnight in the refrigiraor.
Having a French-Canadian heritage, this recipe is the exact taste I was looking for! Thank you!
The only thing I did different was I added 1 bay leaf, 1/4 cup parsley. A wonderful flavor. Reminds us of the Habitat canned pea soup from canada, we use to buy before this recipe..Thank U..