May 13, 2013

Eats: Split Yellow Pea Soup

In mid-March, we spent a few days in Montreal, one of my favorite cities, and on the way back home to the states, we took an hour's detour to the countryside and did something we have always wanted to do when traveling in the Quebec region.  Known for its delicious and plentiful maple syrup, this part of eastern Canada is dotted with cabanes au sucre, maple sugar shacks that welcome visitors to stay and enjoy their products.

We had a delectable brunch of pancakes, biscuits, eggs, bacon, potatoes, sausage, and a variety of maple syrup-infused desserts all served with strong coffee. Pouring maple syrup on any or all of the dishes was encouraged, and Mark even tried a maple syrup beer. But my favorite part of the meal was actually what started the feast ~ it was a bright and hearty split pea soup made with yellow peas, and I knew I had to recreate it once I got home. 

I love soup for lunch especially in the cool, damp days of spring ~ it's warming but not heavy ~ and I whipped up a large pot of this recipe yesterday. What better way to open my sweet Mother's Day cards and chocolates than over steaming bowls of soup with my family!

Split Yellow Pea Soup 
(serves 6)

1 small onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 thick slice of ham, diced
2 cups of dried split yellow peas, rinsed
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup of water
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper, to taste
maple syrup

In a soup pot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sautee vegetables for 5 minutes.  Add split yellow peas and mix.  Add vegetable broth and bay leaf, let simmer for 20 minutes, then add water.  On low heat, simmer soup until peas are soft, occasionally stirring.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with toasted pita or crusty french bread.  Oh, and don't forget to drizzle a little pure maple syrup on top. Enjoy!


  1. yum! soup sounds like a fine idea given we're experiencing a cold snap now. i'm intrigued by the simplicity of the ingredients. and really curious to try it with a little maple syrup.

    btw i think we have the same pot in the same blue. i love that dutch oven!

  2. My mother loved sweet yellow pea soup!!!

  3. I don't know about your area, but in Western Mass it is chilly for May! That soup sounds divine for days like these. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Even with my triple digits, this soup looks delish! I can only imagine how wonderful it is with the maple syrup.

  5. I missed some of your posts - not cool. Dunno wat happened. You sure know how to cook! I'm coming over!