Helen Gougeon's Pea Soup

Recipe by Strawberry Girl

This is an authentic French Canadian soup. Helen Gougeon is a journalist and cookbook author.

Top Review by KristinB

Fabulous!!! This is very similar to the way my mom has always made it, but I've never tried it with the savory before!!! I will NEVER make split pea soup without again!!! Thank you so much!! Even one of my picky 2-yr old twins LOVED it!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the peas, removing any that are wrinkled. Soak overnight in water to cover. Drain.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter. Saute the onion until softened slightly, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the peas, salt, salt pork, water and savoryBring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until the salt pork is tender.
  4. Remove the pork. (Chop up the salt pork and put it back into the soup, or slice it thickly and serve it as a main course with warm bread and pickles.)
  5. Continue to cook the soup, covered, until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes longer.
  6. Remove 2 cups (500 mL) peas from the soup and press though a sieve or puree. Stir back into the soup. (This gives a richer, less watery texture.)
  7. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed.

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