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French Canadian Pea Soup

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 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.

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

French Canadian Pea Soup

Yellow peas simmer in a broth of ham onions and carrots.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Servings: 10
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux


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


  • 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

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