Pea Soup

Source: This pea soup recipe was found in Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt, a 16th century collection of German recipes

Original Recipe:

Erbeßsuppen mit klein gehackten Zwibeln/ die geschweißt seyn/ pfeffers vnd gelbs/ so ist es auch gut.


Peas soup with small chopped onions / which are sweated/ pepper and saffron/ so it is also good.

My Interpretation:

1 lb. split peas 1 small onion
2 tsp. olive oil 1 qt. vegetable broth
1 qt. water ½ tsp. ground black pepper
20 threads saffron 2 tsp. salt

Mince onion. Sautee onion in bottom of stock pot with oil until translucent. Then add broth and water, saffron, pepper, salt, and peas. Bring to boil. Simmer for 2 hours until peas are soft. Then use an immersion blender to the soup to make it creamy. Then serve.


  • The original recipe does not specify any particular broth, I choose a vegetable broth to give make this dish vegetarian for feasts.
  • The original recipe does not specify if fresh or dried (split) peas are used, I choose to use split peas to show how this dish can be made with preserved foods.
  • I like to caramelize the onions to bring a little smoky flavor to the soup.


Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Transliteration by Thomas Gloning,

Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Translated by M. Grasse,

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories:  250
Calories from fat: 24 (10% of tot cal)

% Daily Value*

Total Fat   2g 4%
     Saturated Fat  0g 2%
Cholesterol   1mg 0%
Sodium   1007mg 42%
Total Carbo    65g 22%
     Dietary Fiber   15g 60%
     Sugars    8g  
Protein   16g  
Vitamin A       113% Vitamin C     7%
Calcium         5% Iron      31%
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