German Split Pea Soup – Erbseneintopf

This is another soup you will like for sure. I love it! It is a typical German winter soup but I like to cook it also in spring or fall, but not on a hot summer’s evening. I’d rather have some barbecue…  Split pea soup can be made with or without meat – it is up to you. It tastes great also with chicken broth  instead of water, or with some spices like hot red pepper (chili), or green and red pepper.  It was the food of the men at sea, and they almost ate it daily back in the times without cooling systems. Dried peas were easy to store and the soup was easy to make. I hope you like it!
500 g dried peas, green or yellow or mixed
150 g bacon cubes (Speck) or
500 g Kassler (smokes pork chop)
(find them here:
sausages (Knackwurst, Wiener) 1-2 per person
1 medium sized onion
3 medium sized carrots
1 leek stem, laurel leaves
4 medium sized potatoes
salt, pepper
butter or oil
spring water or vegetable broth

How to make it
– Wash peas in a sieve
– Cut bacon into small cubes
– Peel onion and chop it into small cubes
– Cut leek and carrots in small pieces
– Peel potatoes and cut them in small cubes
– In a large pot heat butter or oil and fry onion and bacon until transparent
– Add peas, carrots and leek fill up with water or broth until peas are covered – bring it to a boil (if the water gets foamy remove the foam with a spoon)
– After 30 minutes add the Kassler and the potatoes
 – Let it cook for about 1 more hour then take out the Kassler and remove it from the bones, cut the meat into small pieces
– Add the sausages (you can cut the sausages into smaller pieces if you like)
– Let it cook for another 15-20 minutes, then add the meat again before you serve it

Serve it with fresh bread. The best for cold days or if you need something very hearty.

TipsIf you soak the peas over night in water you would use the soaking water as the needed liquid. The cooking time might vary then too; in general pea soup needs a long cooking time until the peas are mushy.
You can also filter the soup through a sieve which will make it almost like fine puree.

For busy cooks – Pea soup in the package from Knorr

About gabrielle

Visual Artist, Photographer, Writer, Blogger, Cook
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