Dutch Split Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage


Pea soup with smoked sausage is a hearty Dutch dish for a cold day. Somewhere between a stew and a soup, it's an easy, basic recipe using pork chops, leek, celeriac and more.

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Dutch split pea soup with smoked sausage

Split pea soup is a traditional dish which I associate with skating, which we used to do often, then warm up afterwards with a delicious bowl of this soupy stew.

My mother used to make this pea soup regularly, but my memories of enjoying it are mainly with family at the skating rink near the Danikerbos (Geleen) back home in the Netherlands. The most delicious pea soup was served there, which we ate from plastic bowls.

This pea soup is made with pork chops, which are always readily available, making this an easy, basic recipe. If you prefer to use pig's trotter, as is traditional, refer to my other recipe for traditional pea soup.

Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2024-01-03, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 2 hours 50 minutes.

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Updated at: 13-03-2024

2 hours 50 minutes 8 people Main course
Dutch split pea soup with smoked sausage


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  • 500 grams green split peas
  • 700 grams pork chops
  • 1 large onion
  • 700 grams of celeriac
  • 2 carrots
  • 500 grams waxy potatoes
  • 1 leek
  • handful of celery leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2.5 litres of water
  • 1 smoked sausage
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  • colander
  • large saucepan with lid
  • chopping board & chef's knife

Dutch Split Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage

2 hours 50 minutes 8 people Main course

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Preparation – 1 hour + 10 minutes

Wash the split peas until the water runs clear.

Add the split peas, along with the pork chops, bay leaves and 2.5 litres of water, to a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

Leave the split peas to simmer gently for an hour. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables.

Peel and finely chop the onion. Wash the leek well and slice it into thin half moons. Peel and dice the celeriac, carrots and potatoes.

Pea soup with smoked sausage
Pea soup with smoked sausage

Finishing the pea soup with smoked sausage – 1 hour + 40 minutes

Add all the chopped vegetables to the saucepan and cook the soup for 1.5 hours until all the vegetables start to fall apart and the soup has thickened.

Remove the pork chops and pull apart the meat into small pieces. Discard the bones and add the meat to the soup.

Finely chop the celery leaves and add them to the pea soup. Thinly slice the smoked sausage then add this too.

Remove the bay leaves and season the pea soup with salt and pepper. Enjoy your meal!

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Dutch Split Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage: frequently asked questions

What is the difference between pea soup and stew?

The preparation of pea soup and stew is the same, but the traditional Dutch version ("snert") requires the cooked soup to stand for one day. This is because the gelatine in bones will result in the soup thickening during this standing time.

Which meat is best for pea soup?

Traditional Dutch pea soup is usually made with a pig's trotter, but since not everyone will be keen on this, making a version with bacon and/or pork chops is a very tasty alternative. In short, there is always pork in pea soup.