Grandma’s Pea Soup
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 2-3/4 hours
Makes16 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
- SPAETZLE DUMPLINGS:
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 155 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 6g fiber), 9g protein.
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 Amazon.com.
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
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!
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!
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