Swedish Yellow Pea Soup Ärtsoppa Recipe

Swedish Yellow Pea Soup Ärtsoppa Recipe

This Swedish dried pea soup is a healthy, low-calorie soup traditionally made from dried yellow peas and flavored with smoked pork and select herbs.
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  • Serves: 5 persons



  1. Step 1

    Rinse and pick through 1 pound of dried yellow or green peas. If using whole peas, soak the peas overnight in water to cover by about 2 inches.
  2. Step 2

    Fill a large pot with 8 cups of water or 6 cups if you like a thicker soup.
  3. Step 3

    Add the drained peas, 2 finely chopped onions, 1 peeled whole onion studded with 2 whole cloves, 1 large chopped carrot, and a meaty ham bone (or 2 to 3 ham hocks).
  4. Step 4

    Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam, then cover pot and reduce to a simmer over low heat for 90 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    If using whole peas, skim off any pea skins that have risen to the surface. Remove 2 to 3 cups of the soup, puree in a blender or food processor, and return puree to the pot.
  6. Step 6

    Continue to simmer for at least 30 more minutes, even another hour or more won’t hurt it.
  7. Step 7

    Thirty minutes before serving, remove the studded onion and the meat. Chop the meat and return to pot.
  8. Step 8

    Season the soup with 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1  teaspoon salt, and 1/8  teaspoon pepper. Simmer 15 more minutes.
  9. Step 9

    Serve, passing around grainy brown mustard to stir into the soup to taste.