Hernekeitto (Split pea soup)

A thick, hot soup: the quintessential comfort food. This one is a Nordic delight in the purest tradition of dishes to be enjoyed after a nice walk in the snow, or to take with you for an outdoor meal in a thermos.

If this version is not vegetarian, it can easily become so by adding smoked tofu instead of bacon.

A soup that brings back good memories

The first time I had pea soup, I was about five years old. My dad took me for a ride on a sled. But not just any sled! The sled was attached to a horse-drawn sleigh, and we "galloped" through snowy fields and forests. The best sledding experience of my life! But after the ride, I was completely frozen... To warm me up, my dad offered us a bowl of pea soup sold by a street vendor, cleverly set up with his fire and cauldron right next to the starting point of the sled rides.

Oh my God, that smell, that steaming pot, that belly-warming soup! Unforgettable. Later on, I rediscovered this soup in ski resorts, most of the time offered during the medal ceremonies won by my daughters in the ski competitions in which they participated so hard. A recipe for hiker that I wanted to do again...

Hernekeitto (Split pea soup)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Scandinavia
Difficulty: very easy
Servings: 4


  • 300 g of split peas
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 200 g smoked bacon
  • 1,25 of vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp d'huile d'olive
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 4 tbsp of heavy cream
  • salt and pepper


  • Rinse peas in cold water
  • Peel and chop onions and carrots
  • Heat oil in a casserole dish and sauté onions until translucent. Add carrots, bouquet garni and split peas.
  • Moisten with the broth, bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 40 minutes.
  • Remove the bouquet garni, blend the soup or keep it as is. Pour into plates with a spoonful of cream (which can also be added directly to the pot).
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