How to Make Dutch Split Green Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage

Updated on April 6, 2019
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

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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

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Both hubby and I love green split pea soup!

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        Titia Geertman 

        5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

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

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        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!

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        Peggy Hazelwood 

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

        Yum, sounds so good!

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        DebMartin 

        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.

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        victoria-nankya-9 

        5 years ago

        sounds taste and quite easy to make

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        Titia Geertman 

        5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        @Craftypicks: It's on the left

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        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

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        Stanley Green 

        5 years ago from Czech Republic

        I love soups! And this one looks really good !

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        Debbie 

        5 years ago from Atlanta

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

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        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 :)

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        RoadMonkey 

        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

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        MaggiePowell 

        5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Delicious recipe.

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        Ruthi 

        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.

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