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    Helen Gougeon's Pea Soup

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

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    1. 1
      Wash the peas, removing any that are wrinkled. Soak overnight in water to cover. Drain.
    2. 2
      In a large pot, melt the butter. Saute the onion until softened slightly, about 2 minutes.
    3. 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. 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. 5
      Continue to cook the soup, covered, until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes longer.
    6. 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. 7
      Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2003


      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!!

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    • on October 05, 2005


      Could not find yellow beans in my small town so i sub with green split peas. No need to soak. Taste wonderfull just like my French Canadian mother use to make1

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    • on February 28, 2001



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    Nutritional Facts for Helen Gougeon's Pea Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (581 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 593.5
    Calories from Fat 565
    Total Fat 62.8 g
    Saturated Fat 23.4 g
    Cholesterol 70.1 mg
    Sodium 2272.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 4.1 g

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    dried yellow peas

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