Homemade Yellow Pea Soup


Norwegian Yellow Pea Soup (Gulerter suppe in Norwegian), is a "purrrfect" Cold Weather Food. It not only warms you up, but it is super delicious and very nutritious - legumes are loaded with good nutrition.

This is an ideal homemade soup for the crock pot. After soaking the yellow peas overnight, rinse them and add all the ingredients to the crock pot and go to work. Nothing like coming home to homemade soup.

It's also wonderful to have soup simmering on the stove. The delicious aroma will fill your kitchen and your kids will hover around asking you: "Is it Home made soup yet?"

My daughter, Judy, gave me a couple of pounds of whole yellow peas - just what I needed to make my mom's great gulertersuppe. Judy found whole yellow peas at Ikea, the Swedish store. I have not been able to find them in the regular super markets.

OK - this is how to begin...

First, soak 1-pound whole or split peas in cold water overnight. The peas will swell so make sure to more than cover them with water. I usually double this recipe, can't really have too much of this good stuff.

Rinse and pick over the peas before adding to soup pot along with ham bone with enough water to more than cover them.

Place lid on the pot and bring up to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Add the remainder of ingredients. Check soup occasionally to make sure it has enough water and stir to prevent burning.

Recipe for Home Made Yellow Pea Soup,
a Purrfect Cold Weather Food

1 pound whole yellow peas
Ham bone with some meat on.

Add to soup:

1 cup chopped onions.
3 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
1 clove chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Add salt when soup is done, if needed.

Place the lid on the pan and let it simmer until vegetables are done. Remove ham bone and cut meat into bite size pieces. Now is the time to add salt, if needed.

Come and get it - the home made Yellow Pea Soup is ready! Enjoy!

Freeze leftover gulertersuppe for quick meals.

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