Chunky Split Pea Soup and Pancakes

Split Pea Soup is a warm and welcoming dish that I enjoyed as a child. I was talking with my mom and she did not remember making it (but I think she did at some point). We talked about how it may have been my Grandmother Marge, (her mom) that made it for us. Whomever it was, I enjoyed this somewhat different type of meal. While technically it is called a soup, it is thicker than regular soup almost like a chili. Either way this recipe might be similar to what your mama used to make. We hope you enjoy but the flavor is not for everyone.
A simple recipe but it does takes a little time to cook. So grab that leftover ham and let’s get down to business.


Re-Introduced to Split Pea Soup with a Twist while in Sweden

Working for Volvo Trucks has given me opportunities that I never thought I would have in life. I have literally traveled around the globe to far off lands and to some destinations I would have never considered as a destination. One of the common cities I go to is Gothenburg Sweden. This is the home of Volvo Cars, Trucks and many other Volvo Group brands. (FYI- Volvo is not associated with the brand Volvo Car as it is owned by a Chinese company). They do pay a nice royalty to Volvo Group and we share the brand look.

If it is fall through spring, I look forward to Thursday’s (a tradition dating back centuries) for Split Pea Soup and Pancakes. The pancakes are more crepe’s vs. the American style pancakes. We use regular pancakes in our house – no need to get so snooty with pancakes. The pancakes are typically matched with strawberry preserves and whipped topping.

Pea soup and pancakes: a Swedish love story

Pancakes were first mentioned in European literature as early as the 1400s, but it’s likely they existed in Sweden much earlier. They often appeared in old children’s tales, rolled and filled with strawberry or raspberry jam, and topped with sugar or whipped cream.

Pea soup is an equal favorite, first appearing in Swedish literature from the 13th century. It was playwright August Strindberg’s favorite dish; he dubbed it gudamat or the ‘good food’. On a darker note, King Eric XIV’s love of pea soup proved to be his undoing. Legend has it that the king died after eating pea soup laced with arsenic.

The marriage of pea soup and pancakes is said to date back to the 15th century, when Catholic Swedish kitchens served large meals on Thursdays in preparation for the Friday fast. Both pea soup and pancakes were inexpensive and simple to make in large batches, so even when Sweden adopted Lutheranism as its main faith, the soup and pancakes had no problem entering the new dogma. Today the tradition lives on and Thursday remains the day of the week that’s forever associated with this culinary combo.

From Routes North

Chunky Split Peas Soup Recipe

Chunky Split-pea Soup Recipe for Crock pot

Total Time to Cook: 7 hours and 5 minutes

  1. Prepping the Ham Bone

    Frozen ham for SplitPea soup

    Take your Ham or Ham Bone and place it in your Crock Pot. It can be frozen if left over from another meal (no need to thaw it). Set the timer for 2 hours to start to loosen up the ham for the next step in the process.

  2. Add Chicken Broth

    Chicken broth for splitpea soup

    If you have it in your pantry – a real time saver is to use Chicken Broth or “Cooking Stock”. Add 32 oz. to the crock pot and then add an additional 2 cups of water

  3. Turn on Crock Pot (High for 2 hours)

    2 hour timer

    Depending on your Crock Pot – you may have a simple two hour setting or “high”. Crank it up and wait for two hours.

  4. Chop up the Ham

    Split Pea Soup Ham chopped in squares

    After 2 hours, remove all of the Ham from the pot and set to the side / dry. Take a knife and remove the ham from the bone if still attached and chop up in chunks. It is up to you, but I like to remove the pieces of fat and gristle. I like to have high quality ham in my soup. Then place the ham back into the crock pot.

  5. Chop up 1 whole yellow Onion

    Split Pea Soup Yellow Onion

    Dice the onion to the appropriate size, in this recipe I like to keep it a little larger than say what you would do for Spaghetti. Something a fork could dig into. Throw it into the pot.

  6. Chop up about 5 sticks of celery

    Chop up Cellery for Split Pea Soup

    Grab 5 fairly large celery sticks, chop them up and throw them in the pot.

  7. Chop up 6 oz of Carrots

    Chopped up carrots for Split Pea Soup

    Chop the carrots in small slices (I am using baby carrots for this too so we are starting small). Throw them in the pot.

  8. Add 2 tablespoons of Garlic

    2 tablespoons of garlic for split pea soup

    If you have available (as a time saver and a flavor booster) grab Spice Worlds “Squeeze Garlic”. Drop in 2 tablespoons to the mix.

  9. Add 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of Black Pepper

    Black Pepper for Split pea soup

    Dump in 1/2 or 1 tablespoon(s) of black pepper, can be from a simple can or freshly ground if you have it. My girls like it a little on the mild side, so perhaps start with 1/2 and let everyone else add to their desire when eating.

  10. Add a 14-16 Oz bag of Split Pea

    Dry Split Peas in Crock Pot

    Take your dry bag of Split Peas and pour them into the mix. Then Add 2 cups of water.

  11. Set And Forget

    6 hour timer

    Set the Timer for 6 hours (low) and walk away… That is it. Up next get ready to make some pancakes.

Supply:

  • Leftover Ham / Ham in Bone
  • Split Peas 14-16 oz dry package
  • 1 whole yellow onion
  • 5 – 6 celery sticks
  • 6 oz of Baby Carrots
  • 16 oz of Chicken Broth (any brand)
  • 2 tablespoons of Garlic
  • 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 2 Cups Water

Tools:

  • Crock Pot
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board

Materials: Pancake mix / or make from scratch (not covered in this post) 1 Tablespoon of Lemon for the Pancake mix Strawberry Preserves Whipped Cream


Serving Split Pea Soup and Pancakes

Pancakes are pretty straight forward but make sure you have the following on hand. Strawberry preserves, Whipped topping and also Lemon juice. I always mix in a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice in my pancake mix (from scratch or box). It adds a little zest (literally) to the flavor of the pancakes. Once you have your pancakes made, add a dab of your favorite Strawberry preserves and whipped topping.

Cooking Pancakes and Split Pea Soup

For the Soup, you can add spicy brown mustard or also Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard (really your choice of mustard) on the side to dip the spoon into. I have not had Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard in some time so I tried it out. For me, I will go back with Guldens, Spicy Brown Mustard as my preference.

Split Pea Soup and Pancakes

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy this recipe from our home to yours.

Until Next time!