Ah, pea soup. I love French Canadian Pea Soup - loved it when I was a kid - especially when served at Festival du Voyageur activities in my hometown!.
I loved it when I first moved out on my own, living on the cheap, and buying the "Habitant" canned stuff like it was going out fo style.
Now, as an expatriate Canadian.. I may love it even more! Unlike many of the other homeland foods I adore, this one is easily made, with almost all of the ingredients being available locally. Sure, you can't get *proper* summer savory in Minnesota - but you CAN beg friends to bring some back from vacations on Canada's east coast! (Thank you Laura and Andrew, you're awesome and I adore you for it!)
This makes a LOT of French Canadian pea soup. Because soup isn't an everyday kind of thing to make, I like to make a large batch, and freeze most of it - it freezes / thaws beautifully.
This version is a bit easier than the 100% traditional way, which uses a ham bone in it. Feel free to add a ham bone in with the water, pulling it out as the mixture gets thick, though. I just find it convenient to use the small, boneless ham chunks for this!
This recipe is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”.
"More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada!
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Anyway, on to my French Canadian Pea Soup Recipe!
French Canadian Pea Soup
- 3 Onions Chopped
- 2 Cups Grated Celery
- 3 lbs Dried Yellow Split Peas
- 24 Cups Water
- 3+ lbs Cured Ham Cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 Cup Grated Carrots
- 1 Tbsp Dried Summer Savoury "Mt Scio" brand is the best, IMHO
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 tsp Ground Pepper
- In a LARGE pot, saute onions and celery, cooking until tender and translucent.
- Add split peas, water, ham, and carrots, bring to a boil. Cover pot, remove from heat, and allow to sit for one hour.
- After one hour, return pot to heat and bring up to a boil once more. Add summer savory, bay leaf, and pepper.
- Reduce heat, simmer over medium heat until split peas break down, forming a very thick soup.
- Remove bay leaf, season with salt to taste.Serve hot.
More Recipes that Remind me of Gramma
Since originally writing this post, my gramma has sadly passed... but her memory lives on.
Here are a few recipes that remind me of her, whether as something she taught me to make, a replica of a retail treat we used to enjoy together, or one of my own recipes that she would request whenever I’d visit, as an adult.
Gramma's Perogies Recipe
Homemade Marshmallow Cones
Homemade Clodhoppers Candy
Puffed Wheat Squares
Honey Dill Dipping Sauce
Paska - Ukrainian Easter Bread
Baking Powder Biscuits
Grandma's Potato Salad
Easy Butterfly Cupcakes
Breakfast of Champions
Mushroom Soup and Eggs on Toast
Beep Drink Recipe