French Canadian Pea Soup

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Living in Quebec, we’ve learned to love many Quebequois foods. One traditional food that can’t be beat on a cold night here in Montreal is French Canadian Pea Soup.

A thick, stick to the ribs soup with huge pieces of smoked ham, you’ll love it!  Even better, this isn’t hard to make …

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You’ll want:

  • 2 1/4 cups of yellow split peas (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup (3-4) chopped carrots
  • 1 kg (approximately) smoked ham WITH the bone in
  • 1L chicken stock (one box is perfect)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Grab your peas that have been soaking in water overnight. If you find all the water has been absorbed at any time, just add a bit more. Keep adding water until you no longer notice it being absorbed by the peas

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Pour those peas into a large pot. If there is extra liquid, just pour it all in

If you want to save a step here, you can soak the peas overnight IN the pot you’re going to use. Just make sure you add enough water to get those peas soft.

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Add the onion

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See, this isn’t hard!

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Grab that big ham and cut it into pieces that will fit nicely in the pot. Make sure you have that big ham bone!

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Ham bone in the pot!

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Add in the rest of the ham

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Space it evenly around the pot

Add the thyme

Now, you probably think I’m gonna tell you to add the carrots … I am not!

Carrots added this early will basically become mush by the time this is cooked

Pour stock over top until it’s all pretty much covered and stir

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Bring the soup to a boil and reduce the heat

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After about 10 minutes you should see quite a foam being formed by the peas!

Lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for about an hour, covered

Once the peas have for the most part dissolved and the soup is now thick, time to add the carrots

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Pour in the carrots

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And stir. Let this simmer covered for about another 20 minutes

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With tongs, remove the ham to a separate plate

Cut the meat off of any bones, and cut up your large pieces of ham into pieces that will fit on a spoon

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Return the ham to the soup … without the bones!

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Okay, this is ready to serve!

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Serve along with a sourdough baguette ….

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Now, THIS is a meal

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Savoury, smokey and thick enough to keep the spoon standing, French Canadian Pea Soup

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Bon Apetit!

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