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  • Annemarie Bolduc

Warming Pea Soup

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Comforting Canadian-style pea soup suitable for vegetarians and busy “home lumberjacks”.

Homemade pea soup • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2021

Here is a recipe inspired by the traditional nourishing dish that fed the first French Canadian settlers in the early colonization years. These days, the soup is mainly served in Sugar Shack brunches but people also like cooking the old, comforting dishes at home. This soup is made with yellow split peas and the flavour is characterized by the seasoning of Salted Preserved Herbs, or herb blends that include savoury. My simplified recipe is vegetarian and lower in fat than the ancient dish (often associated with the old days of woodchoppers and logger men). Slow-cooked with salted lard, ham hock, or any type of ham, this soup was also made with seasonal supplies that last for a long winter. During the colder months, my husband and I have this soup often as a week-days meal. It is quick to make (no need to soak or pre-cook split peas), and economical. This warm dish gives plenty of energy and nutrients, with the protein of the peas and the veggies, and it is much better than any canned soup. Since out in the bush, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, most people have a fireplace as the primary home heater. Winters might not be as cold as the ones I know in Québec, but you’d be surprised how important the wood and fire aspect is to our life in Australia. We are all “home-lumberjacks”, cutting and stacking wood and we want soup!

Canadian shack-style lumberjack pea soup • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2021



2-3 celery sticks, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup yellow split peas

4 cup vegetable stock

1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp homemade Salted Preserved Herbs (or a pinch of salt mixed with culinary herbs)

Pinch of pepper

PREPARATION: In a medium saucepan, brown onions in oil.

Add the carrot, celery and garlic and stir for a few minutes.

Add peas and pour the stock in, mix well.

Season and bring to the boil.

Cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes.

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