Yellow split pea soup is a classic Norwegian dish, highly popular with families with kids, although equally as popular among adults. In Norway, it is traditional to begin dinner with a hearty soup, and this yellow split pea soup recipe is very easy to make and leaves you feeling pleasantly full.
Brought to you by Norwegian local, Stine Mari, this is the fifth post in my ‘Eat Like a Local’ guest post series. For more information about this feature, take a look at the previous posts in this series. If you’re a blogger interested in featuring, please get in touch! Read on to discover more about Stine Mari and her Norwegian yellow split pea soup recipe.
- 1 Stine Mari – Norway
- 2 Yellow split pea soup recipe
- 3 Norwegian Yellow Split Pea Soup
Stine Mari – Norway
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Stine Mari, the author behind the blog gingerwithspice.com, and I am the ginger with a touch of spice! I love ginger and spicy food. ‘Ginger’ is a play on both my red hair and one of my favourite ingredients. ‘Spice’ refers to my love for spicy food, both in terms of heat and in the use of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, curry etc. Ginger with Spice is my food blog, established in August 2017, and you’ll find all sorts of dishes here – from healthy to comfort (like my yellow split pea soup recipe), from sweet to spicy and everything in between.
I live in Norway, on the west coast, and I love it. The nature is divine and you can never run out of places to hike, or go by boat. My three biggest passions are food, travel and nature. This also explains why a lot of the food on my blog is not traditional Norwegian food, because I like to try a whole lot of different things and tend to go for spicy food. That said, the yellow split pea soup recipe I’m sharing in this post has to be one of my favourite Norwegian dishes.
You can easily spot my love for food by looking inside my kitchen. My pantry is enormous and I have three refrigerators. I could probably barricade myself inside and survive for months. I see so many expensive, high-quality kitchens, but they lack food in their cupboards and refrigerators! That always surprises me; I think I have a hard time understanding that not everyone thinks of food all day, every day!
When did you begin blogging, and why did you decide to start a blog?
I started a food blog in August 2017 because a lot of my friends and family were so excited about all the delicious food I would bring to parties and share photos of on social media. I have slowly gotten more and more interested in food and recipe-making, and I want others to join me on my journey.
My family has always been keen on cooking. We usually make everything from scratch. Not only because it’s healthier, but because we actually think it tastes better. TV dinners have almost never set foot in our house, so I’m not used to quick solutions. We have a good time in the kitchen, and especially during the holidays, the kitchen is also the living room, and almost the bedroom too. We spend a lot of time there.
I’m a visual eater, and by that I mean I love pretty food. I’ve been a devoted Pinterest user for a few years now, and that’s where I found such pretty food! I ended up pinning so many recipes, I couldn’t even make them all. I was so tired of always eating the same dishes over and over again. Spaghetti bolognese, tacos, fish cakes and meatloaf. You know? It can be boring in the long run, so I began experimenting with all the delicious Pinterest food. I think that’s where my food blog spirit began.
What is the best experience you have had as a blogger?
That must be to get compliments and comments from people I don’t know! I’m sorry, but friends and family don’t count, they are required to love you. But when others appreciate your work, it does feel worthwhile. I am also enjoying the learning experience, you learn so much, and I can feel my photography skills improve with each shoot.
What advice would you give to new bloggers who are just starting out?
That’s not easy to answer because I still feel like I am a new blogger who is just starting out! It can feel extremely overwhelming, but just take time out and don’t quit – I’m sure you’ll be fine. Remember that your blog is ever-changing and it shouldn’t be static (in terms of photos, content, layout… everything). You will change, and hence the blog will change too.
Yellow split pea soup recipe
Now, without further ado, read on for my yellow split pea soup recipe! This soup would traditionally be eaten alongside classic Norwegian crepes with homemade blueberry jam.
Norwegian Yellow Split Pea Soup
This soup is traditional farmers’ food, because it’s made using veggies that grew on their farms. It's very filling, so it’s good for those hard working farmers. To be completely honest, we usually go for the store-bought soup because it takes three hours to make from scratch. When you’ve got the time, however, I highly recommend giving this recipe a go. Making your own (whatever it is), is always so much more satisfying, and also so much healthier as you know exactly what's gone into it.
This recipe is adapted from Matprat.
- 1 pork knuckle with meat
- 300 g dried yellow split peas
- 1 yellow onion finely chopped
- 300 g celeriac diced
- small handful fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 litres water
- 1 leek sliced
- 2 medium carrots diced
- pinch salt and pepper
Soak the peas in plenty of water the day before. Then, drain the remaining water.
Place pork knuckle, peas, onion, celeriac, thyme, bay leaves and water in a large pot and bring to the boil.
Remove as much foam as you can - this will make the soup clearer. Let it slowly simmer (barely simmering) for three hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone.
When there are just 20 minutes of cooking time remaining, add the diced carrots and leek to the pan.
Take the pork knuckle out of the soup. Remove fat and bones and cut the remaining meat into small pieces before placing it back into the soup. It’s more of a seasoning than mouthfuls of meat.
Give the soup a taste and season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a fresh white loaf and butter. Enjoy!
What would you enjoy the most about this Norwegian yellow split pea soup recipe?