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French Canadian Pea Soup

Yellow peas simmer until thickened in a broth made with ham bone, onions, celery and carrots. This is the traditional comfort food of the Quebec habitants. | Share

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.

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

This hearty soup dates back to a time when French Canadian settlers made do 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.

Ingredients: yellow split peas, ham and bone, celery, carrots, onions, bay leaves.
Pea soup

French Canadian Pea Soup

Kevin Lamoureux
Yellow peas simmer until thickened in a broth made with ham bone, onions, celery and carrots.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Soup
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 10
Calories 178 kcal


  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 ribs of celery diced
  • 3 cups split yellow peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 cups water
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Rinse and drain the peas.
  • Put all ingredients in a large soup pot with a lid.
  • Bring to a boil, remove any scum, then allow to simmer with the lid ajar for about 3 hours.
  • Remove ham bone and scrape off the meat.
  • Chop up the remaining meat and return to the soup
Keyword pea, soup, split pea, yellow pea

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