French Canadian Pea Soup

A view over the St. Lawrence River from Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec City, Canada

A view over the St. Lawrence River from Terrasse Dufferin, Quebec City, Canada

What has been handed down from the first settlers of a land called New France, traditional soupe aux pois and the commercially popular Habitant Pea Soup, is today considered comfort food in most of Canada. This hearty soup dates back to a time when French Canadian settlers made due with basic supplies brought in by ship from Europe such as salted pork and dried peas. Today, most cooks see it as a way to get the best out of a ham bone the day after a big feast.

French Canadian Pea Soup

French Canadian Pea Soup
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
3 hr
178 calories
32 g
0 g
1 g
12 g
0 g
276 g
126 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
276g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 32g
11%
Dietary Fiber 13g
53%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
36%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
4%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ham bone
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 carrots, chopped
  4. 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  5. 10 cups water
  6. 3 cups split yellow peas
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  9. ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put all ingrediants in a large soup pot with a lid
  2. Bring to a boil, remove any scum, then allow to simmer with the lid ajar for about 3 hours
  3. Remove ham bone and scrape off the meat
  4. Chop up the remaining meat and return to the soup
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calories
178
fat
1g
protein
12g
carbs
32g
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