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Peas Porridge Hot ...

Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold,
Peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

I'd always heard that rhyme growing up. Today at our church Souperbowl lunch, a woman actually brought real peas porridge. She said she read about it in a book about the American Revolution, and that the recipe comes from the iddle Ages when the dish was very popular among the common people.

Very thick pea soup. Good for slow cooker or on stove over low heat.
Minutes to Prepare: 30
Minutes to Cook: 240
Number of Servings: 10

7 to 8 cups of chicken stock
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
3 cups cubed yams or red potatoes
1 lb. split peas, soaked in 1 qt. of water
2 cups cubed ham or diced cooked bacon

Place dried split peas in a one quart measure. Add water to make one quart. Allow to soak in refrigerator for several hours. In large pot combine all other ingredients and simmer several hours. When split peas expand to fill the quart measure, pour off remaining water and rinse. Add peas to soup pot and continue to simmer. Season with mint or bay leaves, if desired.

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user WHITERAVEN11.


Asked by Ballad at 5:15 PM on Feb. 3, 2013 in Food & Drink

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Answers (9)
  • I love split pea soup. I might try it.

    Answer by booklover545 at 5:43 PM on Feb. 4, 2013

  • nasty

    Answer by Crafty26 at 5:20 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • Was it good?

    Answer by PandaGwen at 5:22 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • I had no idea it was real....LOL!

    Answer by m-avi at 5:23 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • thats really gross

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 5:28 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • Wow - totally crazy, but I was just thinking about this the other night! I had no idea it was a real thing. I LOVE pea soup. But that recipe sounds kind of icky :S

    Answer by idareyou at 5:45 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • lol, no resemblance to real pease porridge, but I guess it works

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:57 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • I'm confused by the yams

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 6:23 PM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • Was it good?

    You know, the first bite was kind of odd, but the taste sort of grew on me.

    lol, no resemblance to real pease porridge, but I guess it works

    The recipe she used came from SparkPeople. The original porridge was just peas, bacon grease, flour, salt, and milk. Cream of pea soup. This one had more stuff in it, including yams or potatoes, which didn't exist in the Middle Ages in Europe. Whatever--my point was, I never knew the porridge was real. I thought it was an interesting recipe and an interesting food story.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 6:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2013