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Dutch Split Pea Soup

This Dutch split pea soup is packed full of meat and vegetables. It’s a hearty stick to your ribs winter dish. Plus it doesn’t take all day to make.

This Dutch split pea soup is perfect for cold winter nights. It's packed full of 3 different types of pork and is ready to eat in just over 2 hours.

When I was 23 years old I went to Amsterdam. I somehow managed to not get myself into trouble and the closest I got to “keeping it herbal” was drinking tea with my breakfast. The great thing about Amsterdam is that it’s walkable. I walked EVERYWHERE even though it was in fact the middle of January. Yeah, it’s cold in Amsterdam in January.

Really really really cold.

Plus in the middle of winter the “ladies of the night” still dressed scantily clad. That is job commitment right there.

This Dutch split pea soup is packed full of protein! It's thick, hearty and perfect for cold winter nights.

One day while I was walking around I decided I couldn’t stand the cold anymore and I needed to warm up. So I walked into a small restaurant looking to eat or drink just about anything that would help bring feeling back to my fingers and toes.

As I stared at the menu the waiter came over and we started chatting. He recommended that I try the Dutch split pea soup. Listen, I have always loved pea soup but it’s not exactly something I order out at restaurants. Usually it was something my mom made a few times a year when there was pounds of ham leftover from Christmas and Easter.

This Dutch split pea soup will warm you up from head to toe. Packed full of meaty deliciousness and ready in no time.

The thing about this soup is that it’s a little bit different than what I consider to be a normal split pea soup. This baby is packed full of vegetables {celeriac is a key} and 3 different kinds of a pork. Seriously, 3 different kinds of pork….gah!

This soup is THICK and it’s meant to be that way. This soup is seriously stick to your ribs hearty!

{Thank you so much for joining me on my impromptu soup week. I hope you enjoyed todays recipe as well as my lamb meatball couscous soup and New England clam chowder.}


Dutch Split Pea Soup

This Dutch split pea soup is packed full of meat and vegetables. It's a hearty stick to your ribs winter dish. Plus it's ready in just a couple hours.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 pound split peas, rinsed
  • 1-1/2 pound country style pork ribs
  • 3 strips thick sliced bacon, diced bacon
  • 2 leeks, white part only
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 medium celeriac, peeled and diced
  • 6-8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound smoked kielbasa sausage, sliced
  • Celery cleaves, minced for garnish
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


In a large dutch oven add split peas and top with pork ribs, diced bacon, leeks, potato, carrot and celeriac. Pour 6 cups chicken stock over the mixture but do not stir.

Top the dutch oven with a lid and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer for 1 hour. You do not need to stir while the soup is simmering. Just keep an eye that it does not get dried out. It should be fine but if the liquid gets low just add more stock.

After an hour give the soup a good stir and add more stock if it looks too thick. Cover the soup back up and let simmer for another 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the lid and pull out the ribs. Remove the bones from the ribs and discard. Shred or cube the meat and add back to the soup pot.

Add in sliced sausage, stir to combine and let the soup simmer with the lid removed for about 15 minutes until the soup is thick and the sausage is warmed through.

Season with kosher salt and pepper and serve topped with chopped celery leaves.

Note: It's normal for the soup to thicken as it cools. When you re-heat it's best to add a little water or stock to thin out the soup.


About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Marco (just a Dutch guy)

Sunday 4th of December 2016

This was the best soup growing up. Been in the states 50+ years and Mom made the best soups ever. Any thing from pea soup, oxtail soup, lentil soup to vegetable soup with those little tiny meatballs in it. I used to tell her the she should open up a soup kitchen. Thing is she never wrote anything down it was all in her head. Problem is, is that she passed and took all those excellent recipes with her. So now it's been trial and error, but I'm getting there. Trying to perfect her Nasi recipe now.


Monday 12th of December 2016

Hi Marco! I loved hearing this story. Your mom sounded like quite the cook! I hope this soup brings back a lot of great memories :)

Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

You had me at three different types of pork...especially that sausage ;)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Monday 23rd of February 2015

I'd love to hear more about your time in Amsterdam. Maybe another time? Anywho, this soup looks amazingly thick. I'm intrigued by the addition of three different kinds of meat. Talk about hearty.

Heather | girlichef

Saturday 21st of February 2015

I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam, from the pictures I've seen and stories I've heard, it just sounds like an amazing, laid back place. And holy cow, this soup would definitely warm you to the core - it sounds so darn delicious. I mean, 3 kinds of pork! ;)

Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox

Saturday 21st of February 2015

I love split pea soup. But, like your mom, I only make it a few times a year when I have a truckload of leftover ham. However, three kinds of pork....this may be finding a place in my dinner rotation. Hoooooolyyyy. This looks so good.


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