Polish Traditional Pea Soup (Grochówka)

by Jan Vasil
Polish Traditional Pea Soup (Grochówka)

Enjoy the comforting warmth of Grochówka, a Polish traditional pea soup, perfect for chilly evenings. This hearty soup is a blend of wholesome ingredients simmered to perfection.

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Polish Traditional Pea Soup (Grochówka)

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: All Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Lunch Recipes


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  • 2 cups 2 yellow split peas

  • 8 cups 8 vegetable or chicken broth

  • 6 6 -7 oz smoked meat (e.g., turkey wing, ham, smoked ribs, or bacon)

  • 3 small 3 carrots

  • 6 small 6 /medium potatoes

  • 2 tbsp 2 butter

  • 1/2 medium 1/2 onion, chopped

  • Salt

  • 1 tbsp 1 dried marjoram


  • Rinse peas and remove impurities. Combine with broth and smoked meat in a pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare carrots and potatoes. Add to the soup after 35 minutes, and cook for another 20 minutes until peas dissolve.
  • Sauté onion in butter, and add to the soup with marjoram. Taste and add salt if necessary.

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Can I use green split peas instead of yellow?

Yes, green split peas can be a suitable substitute.

What other meats can I use?

Smoked sausage or bacon can work well.

Can this soup be frozen?

Absolutely, it freezes and reheats well.

How can I make it vegetarian?

Skip the meat and use vegetable broth.

Can I use fresh marjoram instead of dried?

Yes, use three times the amount of fresh marjoram.

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