green split pea soup

Sp. 'puré de guisantes'

Beans and peas are a staple food worldwide. This very simple recipe will always remind me of primary school in Belgium. Every Thursday they served green pea soup like this, much to the regret of the afternoon teachers. :-)

I don’t eat them nearly as often nowadays, but still enjoy it occasionally. The recommended cooking time on the package is 30 minutes. I cook them a lot longer until the peas begin to fall apart and then puree them. Make this a day ahead if possible to let the flavor mature.

Yellow split peas are a bit sweeter than the green ones, but are otherwise interchangeable for recipes.


This is what you need for 4 quarts / 8 servings:

  • 1 lb. green split peas
  • 1 cup ham cuttings
  • S&P
  • Optional additions to make this a meal soup:
    • spare ribs
    • bacon
    • celeriac
    • leeks
    • sausage
Pic1: green split pea soup



Pic2: washed split peas
Pic3: simmering
Pic4: ham trimmings


Pic5: peas are ready
Pic6: simmer blended peas

Another day, with ham



Pic7: ingredients
Pic8: pea soup with ham