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Swedish Yellow Pea Soup

Swedish Yellow Pea Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 2 quarts, 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pinches ground cloves
  • 3 ham hocks
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 1 pound dried yellow peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt, to taste, if necessary*


  • In a soup pot or large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrot and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the ginger and cloves and cook for 1 minute. Add the ham hocks and water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until hocks are beginning to get tender. Add the peas and black pepper and continue to simmer for 1 to 1/2  hours. Remove the ham hocks and set aside to cool slightly. Puree the soup in a blender, working in batches if necessary. Return the soup to the pot and keep warm until ready to serve. If the soup seems too thick, thin with a bit of water. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  • When the salt pork is cool enough to handle, remove any visible fat or gristle and discard. Shred the meat and garnish each serving with some of the meat.

  • *Be careful not to salt the soup too soon; because ham hocks are salty, the soup may not need any added salt.

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