Friday, February 13, 2009

swedish pea soup

this is a smoky, winter soup that is a meal in itself. swedish peas are available in the dry goods section of the supermarket; they are yellow and have a richer flavor than their green cousins. 

2 c. dry yellow split peas
7- 8 c. water
1/2 lb pork shoulder/ canadian bacon
1 large onion, thinly sliced
dash gound ginger and thyme
salt & pepper

Rinse peas and place in large saucepan with 7 cups water. Bring to a boil, add onion & herbs, then simmer 1 hour. Rinse and chop salt pork into slivers. Add to soup and simmer 1 hour more, or until peas have softened into a thick puree. Check seasoning, add a little extra water if desired, and salt & pepper. Delicious served with pumpernickel bread and butter.

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