Prep 12 hrs
Cook 1 hr
A traditional Swedish dish. Very easy to prepare. The consistency of the peas is up to everyone. I like them al dente in the broth, while some like them so soft that the soup becomes more like a porridge. In Sweden this is traditionally served with warm Punsch (a sweet beverage with arrack). The soup could of course be made vegetarian. Substitute vegetable bouillon cubes for the meat.
- 2 cups dried yellow peas
- 1 1⁄2 lbs unsmoked salted bacon (or 1 small, salted knuckle of pork)
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- mustard (optional)
- Soak the peas in 2 quarts of water overnight.
- Bring the peas to a boil in the water they soaked in.
- Add onion, meat and spices except mustard.
- Simmer until the meat is done and the peas have softened (about 1 hour).
- Take up the meat and cut into pieces.
- Put them back in the soup.
- Add more spices, if necessary.
- Serve hot with mustard.