Grandma's Best Recipes: Pea Soup

By AgeIn Team

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Grandma's Best Recipes: Pea Soup

Traditions and Warmth, One Spoonful at a Time – Pea Soup

Pea soup is one of the most beloved traditional dishes in Finland, having warmed the tables of both homes and schools for decades. In this blog, we delve into the world of pea soup, exploring its history, its significance in different cultures, and sharing Grandma's traditional pea soup recipe.

History of Pea Soup:
Pea soup has been known since ancient times. It has been a staple of everyday meals but also a favorite of armies and sailors, as dried peas can be stored for a long time and are nutritious. In Finland, pea soup is traditionally eaten on Thursdays, with its roots in the Catholic fasting tradition when Thursday was the most important fasting day of the week. The popularity of pea soup has continued strong, and it remains an essential part of Finnish food culture.

The International Appeal of Pea Soup:
Pea soup is enjoyed in various forms around the world. In Sweden, pea soup and pancakes form a classic combination often enjoyed on Thursdays. In the Netherlands and Germany, pea soups are thick and hearty, often served with sausages. Each country has its own version of this simple yet flavorful soup.

Grandma's Traditional Pea Soup Recipe


500g dried peas
2 liters of water
300g smoked ham or cured ham
1 onion
2 bay leaves
10 allspice berries
Salt to taste

Soak the peas: Soak the dried peas in water overnight or for at least 8 hours.
Cook the peas: Drain and rinse the peas. Place them in a pot and add 2 liters of water. Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
Add the ingredients: Add diced ham, peeled whole onion, bay leaves, and allspice berries to the pot. Let the soup simmer over low heat for 1.5-2 hours until the peas are fully softened, and the soup has thickened.
Season: Remove the onion, bay leaves, and any bones. If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Season with salt and adjust spices as needed.
Serving: Serve the pea soup with fresh rye bread and mustard.

In Conclusion:
Pea soup is more than just a dish; it is a shared experience across generations that evokes feelings of safety and family. It is a simple yet profoundly meaningful food memory that connects us all. The next time you prepare pea soup, remember all the stories and traditions that go hand in hand with this humble soup. Enjoy your meal!

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