Pea soup with pork knuckle - Delicious traditional Norwegian food

Cheap and good food with lots of nutrition!



The broth

  • 3 liter water
  • 1 pcs lightly salted pork knuckle
  • 2 pcs onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole black pepper

The pea soup

  • 300 gram yellow dried peas
  • 1 pcs pork knuckle (the meat)
  • 4 pcs carrot
  • 2 pcs parsley root
  • 1 pcs celery root
  • 1 pcs leek (not the top)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

The broth of the lightly salted pork knuckle makes this soup magically good. When I make this soup I make it over 2 days. On the first day, I make the broth, put the peas in water and pick off the meat. The next day, just cut the vegetables and mix everything together. This is incredibly good and I like to serve flatbread with butter. Feel free to make a large portion and freeze the leftovers. The recipe also has a video instruction that you can see at the bottom of the recipe.


Step 1

Start by finding a large pot. Now you have to cook the pork knuckle! This gives you the good broth and the meat becomes tender and easy to pick off the bone. Put some neutral oil in the pot and put onions in the bottom. Add the pork knuckle and fill with water so that it just covers. Add whole pepper, garlic and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and leave to boil for 3 hours.

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Step 2

The peas must lie in water overnight. Find a large bowl and pour in the peas. Pour in plenty of water and let stand. Remember that the peas increase in size so use a bowl that is large enough. It can be kept at room temperature until the next day.

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Step 3

When the pork knuckle is ready, turn off the heat. Strain the broth and pour into a bowl/container. Pick off the meat and discard the fat and bones. Now everything is ready to make soup the next day. Store in the fridge overnight.

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Step 4

Heat the broth in the pot and add the peas. Let these cook for 1 hour before adding the vegetables. Let the vegetables cook for about 30 minutes and add the meat.

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Step 5

Turn the heat down to just below the boiling point and leave for a further 30 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper if necessary. Now the dish is ready to be served.

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Step 6

Pour into a bowl and serve with flat bread and good butter. Here you can see a video of how I make this dish. Good luck! Remember that this soup can be frozen well if you have made too much.

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