Thick split pea soup, filled with peas, carrots and topped with smoked ham. This classic Dutch recipe is cosy and delicious. We love eating this soup on cold and rainy Parisian evenings with a side of our cheesiest cheese toast.
Split Pea Soup Shopping List :
This is an easy gourmet recipe and only requires a handful of delicious ingredients.
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- Split peas
- Smoked ham
- Herbes de Provence
One of our favorite places to visit is Amsterdam. It is just 2 1/2 hours by train from Paris which makes it an easy weekend trip. We went there back in November when we enjoyed a romantic stay at the historical Hotel Die Port Van Cleve. We love Amsterdam because of the gorgeous canals, laid back ambiance and awesome people. We set out to discover some delicious eats as well and one of our favorite finds was Dutch split pea soup.
It’s thick and dense, full of chopped split peas and topped with thick pieces of ham. It’s pretty Heavenly…
Tips to make the perfect split pea soup :
- Don’t over-mix the veggies : this soup is meant to be chunky.
- We always recommend using a high quality coarse sea salt – it adds so much extra flavor!
- Use good quality smoked ham to add a rich, smoky taste to your soup (just like the Dutch do!).
- Serve with a side of our ultimate cheese toast.
Add your own twist to this split pea soup :
- Drizzle olive oil over your soup.
- Toss a handful of homemade croutons on top to add a little crunch.
- Top with some grated cheese – we love Parmesan and Pecorino.
- Skip the cured ham and make this a vegetarian/vegan split pea soup recipe.
You may need…
You will need a hand mixer (aka. an immersion mixer) for this recipe. We love the KitchenAid hand mixer. It is sturdy and gets the job done (it’s also really cute and matches the rest of our KitchenAid kitchen appliances and Le Creuset cookware in red cerise).
We use Herbes de Provence Spices in a lot of our recipes and recommend you have a nice, organic Herbes de Provence spice mix on hand in your kitchen too… It really does add the special je ne sais quoi in so many recipes. The McCormick Organic Herbes de Provence Spice Mix is a high quality, totally organic spice mix that is perfect for this recipe. This spice mix is about to become your new BFF.
Split Pea Soup Wine Pairing
We highly recommend a full bodied Merlot to go with this soup, such as this Altos de San Esteban La Perra Gorda 2015 (Spain).
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You will absolutely love this hearty and healthy Dutch Split Pea Soup, we promise!
- 1.5 cup of split pea
- 4.5 cups of water
- 1 shallot (chopped)
- 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
- 1 sprig of celery (diced)
- ¼ lbs of smoked ham
- 1 leek (sliced)
- 1 tsp of herbes de Provence
- 1 medium carrot (diced)
- 2 tbsp of fresh parsley (chopped)
- Salt and pepper
- Wash the split pea with clear water.
- Pour water in a large pot with split pea, shallot, garlic, celery, herbes de Provence and ham.
- Add a tsp of salt.
- Heat on medium heat for 1h.
- At the leek and cook for 20 more minutes.
- Remove the ham.
- Use a hand blender to mix the soup.
- Dice the ham.
- Add the carrot and diced ham, a teaspoon of black pepper grounded in the soup and cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
- Serve in a bowl and add chopped parsley on the top.
We recommend this rich Merlot which would pair perfectly with our split pea soup.
If you love this Split Pea Soup, you will love these other tasty soup ideas!
Alix & Hugo Strickland Frénoy are a married couple, recipe developers, photographers and lifelong explorers. They created A Hedgehog in the Kitchen to share their passion for healthy, French & International recipes and to inspire you to make simple and delicious homemade food. They also share Parisian restaurant and hotel recommendations as well as their travel adventures on the blog. The blog is home to 200+ articles featuring farm to table recipes, free meal plans & printables to help you become a better homecook and travel recommendations to help you experience Paris and abroad like a local. Sign up to receive 2 free recipes per week as well as food travel tips gathered from our adventures.
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