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Grandma’s Pea Soup

My grandma's pea soup recipe was a family favorite. What makes it different from any other pea soups I have tried is the addition of whole peas, spaetzle-like "dumplings" and sausage. Try it once and you'll be hooked. —Carole Talcott, Dahinda, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 2-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound dried whole peas
  • 1/2 pound dried green split peas
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 1 teaspoon bouquet garni (mixed herbs)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, chopped, optional
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water


  • Cover peas with water and soak overnight. Drain, rinse and place in a Dutch oven.
  • Add ham bone, water and remaining soup ingredients except sausage and dumplings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
  • Remove ham bone and skim fat. Remove meat from bone; dice. Add ham and, if desired, sausage to pan.
  • For dumplings, place flour in a small bowl. Make a depression in the center of the flour; add egg and water and stir until smooth.
  • Place a colander with 3/16-in.-diameter holes over simmering soup; transfer dough to the colander and press through with a wooden spoon. Cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Freeze Option: Prepare soup without dumplings and freeze in serving-size portions to enjoy for months to come.
IF COOKING FOR TWO: Prepare soup without dumplings and freeze in serving-size portions to enjoy for months to come.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 155 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 6g fiber), 9g protein.


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  • Susan
    Feb 7, 2021

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  • Louis
    Nov 26, 2020

    I have changed the Spaetzle to Potato Gnochhi for variation. Then, I don't need potatoes. This recipe is flavorful, and definitely a keeper.

  • pammy54
    Sep 26, 2020

    This is very close to the soup that my mother made when I was growing up. One pot fed 5 really hungry kids easily! I followed this recipe, except I added small diced potatoes and no sausage. Mom used to serve this with cornbread, and I know this sounds strange, but I would drizzle a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on top of my bowl of soup. ?? This is the best EVER!

  • tmaguiret
    Sep 26, 2020

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  • Adele
    Dec 15, 2019

    Flavorful and hearty. Would give 5 stars if the recipe called for chicken broth. And if you have one, use your potato ricer for the spaetzle. Someone asked about dried whole peas which are readily available in the store. If you don't find them with the usual dried bean/pea suspects, look in the international aisle. Goya Foods offers whole peas, and you can also find the yellow variety from Goya on

  • foxrox202
    Jan 29, 2018

    This is very close to my Recipe the only difference is I use chicken broth and add water as needed and use potatoes instead of dumplings. I’m going to try the dumplings next time I also use smoke sausage bc that’s what I have on hand

  • KittieCatt
    May 9, 2017

    I have not yet made this soup, but it sounds INCREDIBLY delicious, and very close to my mom's old fashioned homemade pea soup. I remember that she always used a ham bone with plenty of meat still left on it, and she also used 'dried YELLOW peas' (which I can't find anymore). I'll go with the green peas, since I have no other choice. However, please clarify what you mean, when you call for 'dried whole peas' (the first ingredient in this recipe). I'm very anxious to make this soup!

  • quiltingstitcher
    Jan 28, 2015

    This is the best flaoved Pea Soup I've made. I will be replacing my long time trusted recipe with this one--yes it's that good!

  • dublinlab
    Nov 19, 2013

    Excellent. I didn't put in the smoked sausage, had a huge ham bone with lots of meat. Also didn't do the spaetzle. Lovely colour with the carrot. janet

  • chomara
    May 14, 2008

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