Homemade Yellow Pea Soup

Norwegian Gul ertersuppe

Yellow Pea Soup (Gulertersuppe in Norwegian), is a "purrrfect" cold weather food. It not only warms you up, but it is super delicious and nutritious.

Yellow peas are not as common as green peas, you say...well, then it's time to find out how delicious, nutritious and good for you this legume is.

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

For this recipe, I use either split or whole dried yellow peas. Dried legumes can easily be kept in airtight containers and can be stored for months.

Healthy Legumes
Yellow peas are part of the legume family. They are an excellent source of plant-based protein, healthy carbs, fiber, and many important nutrients. Legumes are loaded with good nutrition.

Healthy Carbs
According to the USDA, a one-cup serving of cooked yellow peas provides 16 grams of protein with a minuscule amount of fat and about 41 grams of healthy carbs.

Loaded with important Nutrients
They are also packed with many important nutrients, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, folate, and choline.

How to make Norwegian Gulertersuppe...
First, soak 1-pound (or more depending upon your family size), of whole or split peas in cold water overnight. The peas will swell so make sure to more than cover them with water.

Sometimes I double this recipe, can't really have too much of this tasty soup. You will need an extra-large soup kettle or crockpot for doubling the recipe.

Whether the dried yellow peas are whole or split will make no difference other than if the peas are whole you will need to soak them overnight. If the peas are split there is no need to soak them, but I do anyway.

My daughter gave me a couple of pounds of dried whole yellow peas that she had found at IKEA, the Swedish store.

That was just what I needed to make my mom's great recipe for gulertersuppe. I have not been able to find them in the supermarket in my neighborhood. Since then, I have purchased them at an Amish Store, which sells them in bulk, also I have found them online.

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

1 pound whole yellow peas. split or whole
Ham bone with some meat on it,
leftover ham, smoked ham hock or
smoked sausage will also work or add no meat at all. Meatless has perfectly great flavors - either way is good.

Add to soup:
3 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
2 stocks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, diced
2 bay leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Water to more than cover the ingredients

On top of the Stove Method
Add the soaked and rinsed peas and ham bone into a soup kettle with bay leaves. Fill with water to more than cover the peas and meat.

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

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

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

Crockpot Method
This yellow peas soup is ideal to make in a slow cooker. After soaking the peas overnight and rinsing them, toss all the ingredients into the crockpot and forget it. When the soup is done, remove the ham bone and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Add salt if needed.

There is nothing like coming home to delicious homemade soup.

Come and get it - Yellow Pea Soup is served! Enjoy!

Leftover split yellow peas soup/gulertersuppe can be frozen for a quick meal later. © Copyright 2020
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