Newfoundland Pea Soup

"If you've ever visited Newfoundland, I doubt you escaped without tasting some of the best pea soup in the world. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
1 pot




  • Soup: Add the 2 cups of yellow split peas to the saucepan with the water and the onion.
  • Bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the ham, carrot and turnip and cook for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  • Add in potatoe and cook until soft.
  • Dumplings: Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Cut margarine into the flour until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  • Stir in water.
  • Drop the dough into the soup by spoonfuls.
  • Boil uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Cover and cook for 10 more minutes.

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  1. LuuvBunny
    This recipe is excellent.My mom would make this during the winter when I was growing up.Just the smell of this reminds me of being a kid.I am a Newfoundlander and this is definately a Newfoundland traditional food.It is quite a thick soup so you may have to add extra water to thin it out.Also next time I would cut the dumpling recipe in half as the recipe now makes too much.
  2. Darlene Summers
    I've Eaten Lots of pea soup in my life,because it is my very favorite soup,but I have never eaten a pea soup that tastes so good as this soup does.I don't usually care for turnips,but the peas make the turips taste good,and the dumplings make it absolutely delicious.My Goodness but this is really GOOD soup.Thank you so much for this recipe.
  3. cscott43
    This is not really Newfoundland Pea Soup as REAL Newfoundland Pea Soup calls for salt meat which needs to be soaked overnight. The split peas should be soaked as well. One could get very decadent as I did once and include both ham and salt meat but without the salt meat it is more a Maritime soup. We Newfoundlanders were brought up on Jiggs Dinner and Pea Soup - hearty meals during the winte time!
  4. NavEEdC00ks
    Newfoudland is harldey a poor province.. Although we are the victim of ignorant people who view us incorrectly from the outside.
  5. winkki
    Wow, thick and hearty comfort food for sure ~ you could certainly get through a Newfie winter with this! It was very filling, almost more of a stew than a soup. My kids, who are sure they don't like split peas, each had two bowls. I ended up adding a fair amount of other spice and thinning it with a bit of dairy, but it was definitely a good winter soup. Thanks so much for posting!



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