What is pea soup

Grandma's pea soup - the recipe for the classic

Delicious and hearty: Grandma’s pea soup has been one of our favorite foods since childhood. Essential ingredients are dried peas, soup vegetables, potatoes and bacon. We explain the preparation step by step here.

 

Grandma's pea soup - ingredients for 6-8 people:

 

Grandma's pea soup - step by step:

  1. Rinse and drain dried peas. Soak overnight in a large saucepan covered with 2 1/2 liters of cold water.
  2. Clean, wash and dice 1 onion and 1 bunch of soup greens. Boil the peas in the soaking water, bacon, 1 bay leaf and 1 teaspoon marjoram for the pea soup recipe. Add the diced vegetables and, if necessary, add water so that everything is well covered. Cover and simmer for approx. 2 hours.
  3. Peel, wash and dice 500 g potatoes. Add to the pot about 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Remove the bacon and bay leaf and finish cooking the soup.
  4. If the soup is too thick, dilute with water. If it is too thin, boil down a little open. If it is not creamy enough, lightly puree it with the hand blender.
  5. Remove the rind and possibly cartilage from the bacon. Dice the bacon. Heat the bacon cubes with 6-8 sausages in the soup, but do not boil any more so that the sausages do not burst.
  6. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Wash and chop 1 bunch of parsley for the pea soup recipe. Serve the pea soup and sausages and sprinkle with parsley.
 

Which peas do you use for pea soup?

Traditionally, dried, unpeeled green or yellow peas are used for a hearty pea soup according to grandma's recipe. They must be soaked in sufficient water overnight before further use. Then simmer them with soup greens and Co. for about 2 hours in the soaking water. The high starch content of the peas ensures that soups and stews are nice and creamy.

If you are in a hurry, you can choose the peeled variant, the so-called split peas. You don't have to soak and cook through faster. For fine, creamy pea soups, fresh or frozen peas are the best choice. They are finer in taste and texture than the dried ones.

 

How long can pea soup keep?

Like most leftovers, you shouldn't keep pea soup in the refrigerator for longer than 1-2 days. For a longer shelf life, we recommend freezing the leftover soup in portions on the day of preparation. Grandma's pea soup will keep for about 6 months in the freezer.

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