How to Make Dutch Split Green Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage

Updated on April 6, 2019
Titia profile image

I love cooking and love to show off our traditional Dutch homemade recepies.

Dutch Homemade Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage
Dutch Homemade Split Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage | Source

The Dutch homemade split green pea soup is a typical winter treat in my country. When the thermometer falls below zero, it's time to make this delicious main course soup, which contains nutritious vegetables, potatoes and the famous Dutch Smoked Sausage.

Split Green Peas

In the old days, you had to soak the green peas overnight in water, but today, that's not necessary anymore. You can buy a small package of green split peas or a large one. When stacked dry, they last a long time.

Smoked Sausage

Not every smoked sausage has the right flavor for this typical Dutch winter soup. In my country, we use the "Unox Gelderse Rookworst" (Unox Smoked Sausage), but it appears that it's not available anymore in the USA.

A viable alternative in the USA is the Turkey Kielbasa sausage. For those in the UK, try the Mattesons Smoked Pork Sausage. According to the internet, the flavor of both seems very close to the original Dutch one.

Different Smoked Sausages
Different Smoked Sausages
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 4 hours
Yields: 4-6


  • 0,5 lb split green peas
  • 1 small bag of pre-cooked potatoes, or peel 4/5 potatoes
  • 1 small bag of cutted mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ham bone, or any other meat to make a broth
  • salt, to your taste
  • pepper, to your taste
  • 1 smoked sausage, or two if you think one might be not enough
  • 1 big pot
  • 1 wooden spoon to stir
Split Green Pea Soup main ingregients
Split Green Pea Soup main ingregients | Source


  1. Put the Ham Bone in the water and season it with salt, pepper and whatever you want to use to make a good tasty broth, or you can just use a ready made broth.
  2. Let it simmer for about 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Take out the meat and cut it in small pieces.
  4. When the broth is ready, throw in:
  5. all the split green peas, the potatoes and the vegetables.
  6. Let it boil and then turn the heat low and let it simmer for about 2 hours until the peas get all soft.
  7. Don't forget to stir reguarly, or the peas will burn to the pot.
  8. When it is all mushy, stir it firmly
  9. Cut the smoked sausages in small pieces and put them in the soup.
  10. Add Pepper and Salt to your own taste.
  11. Add water if the soup turns out to be too stiff
  12. Put some butter on a slice of rye or black bread and put some cheese or bacon on it.

Split green pea soup is ready and thick enough when the spoon stays upright

A Typical Dutch Winter Soup

Have you ever tasted split pea soup with smoked sausages?

See results

A typical Dutch tradition during ice skating time

Bisquits and Booze - Koek en Zopie

Biscuits and Booze is the literal translation of the Dutch term Koek en Zopie. Since the 18th century food and drinks were sold in little stalls on the frozen rivers or ponds during ice skating time. The tradition still holds today, although we don't have the long icy winters anymore as we used to have. Ice skating is a cold pastime and there's nothing better than to have the opportunity to warm oneself from time to time.

Until the 19th century a mixture of bock and rum was served, but nowadays it's mainly hot chocolate or mulled wine and split green pea soup with smoked sausages among other things. Establishments on land and also on the water were bound by strict laws as far as the booze was concerned, but there was no specific law for frozen water, so as long as the ice was strong enough for the stalls, they were left alone.

Bisquites and Booze during ice scating time - woodcut from 1779
Bisquites and Booze during ice scating time - woodcut from 1779 | Source

I Hope You like My Dutch Split Green Pea Soup

Cast your vote for Dutch Homemade Split Green Pea Soup

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Titia Geertman


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Both hubby and I love green split pea soup!

      • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

        Titia Geertman 

        5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        @KathyMcGraw2: Green split pea soup without smoked sausages in it is unthinkable in my country.

      • Scarlettohairy profile image

        Peggy Hazelwood 

        5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        @Craftypicks: The little heart at the upper left (second from bottom). I couldn't find it for the longest time either!

      • Scarlettohairy profile image

        Peggy Hazelwood 

        5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        Yum, sounds so good!

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Great idea. Oh so much better than the split pea soup I made with ham bites. I like smoked sausage much better.

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        sounds taste and quite easy to make

      • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

        Titia Geertman 

        5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        @Craftypicks: It's on the left

      • Craftypicks profile image

        Lori Green 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas

        I don't want to appear stupid considering I have been a squidoo member for a few years but I can't find the like button on this new format. Sorry.. LIKE

      • Diaper Bag Blog profile image

        Stanley Green 

        5 years ago from Czech Republic

        I love soups! And this one looks really good !

      • theJavaGirl profile image


        5 years ago from Atlanta

        One of my favorite soups, especially with the smoked sausage! Love it!

      • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

        Kathy McGraw 

        5 years ago from California

        I never used to like slit pea soup, but last winter I tried it again and you are so right that it's perfect for a winter meal. I never saw sausages in it before, but I think I like that idea :)

      • RoadMonkey profile image


        5 years ago

        Sounds good. I would probably make it in the slow cooker because then I don't have to remember to stir! LOL

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        I love making a big pot of soup.... like you, I can't seem to make a small amount.

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Delicious recipe.

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        I love your recipe for split pea soup and will be making up a batch before spring. I agree, one must have smoked sausage and the dark bread and cheese are a great addition too.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)