Pea Soup

Pea Soup

The pea soup is very popular in Russia. According to the Russian recipe, the pea soup is cooked with dried green peas and smoked meat, which gives it an intense spicy flavor. Unlike in other countries, the Russian pea soup is not pureed. The hearty pea soup is perfect on a cold winter day. To serve: Cut black bread into small slices, rub it with freshly squeezed garlic and roast in the oven or in a pan.

Ingredients (serves 6)
500 g (=1.1 lb) smoked meat
250 g (=1.2 cups) peas
200 g (=0.4 lb) roots (carrots, celery, potatoes, etc.)
½ bunch green (spring) onion
100 g (=3.5 oz) bacon pieces
salt, pepper

Directions

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  1. Soak peas in cold water for 10-12 hours. Drain.
  2. Bring 1.5 litre water to boil, add smoked meat, bring to boil again and reduce heat.
  3. Add peas and simmer for about one and a half hours on low heat until peas are ready.
  4. Clean and chop green onions.
  5. Preheat a pan, fry bacon pieces until crisp. Add chopped green onions and sauté shortly.
  6. Add bacon pieces and green onions to the soup and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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