A Classic to Sooth the Soul and Warm the Body - Comforting French Canadian Pea Soup ....

Pea soup is very Canadian.  Very.  It is thick and creamy & earthy.  A very simple tummy warming food (is there such a thing - I think there is) that is especially appreciated when it is cold outside and you feel the need for something simple and hearty and moist.  This recipe was submitted by a real live French Canadian.  Yes.  Canadian.  And French to ... so it's authentic. I mean I didn't actually ask for identification but she has an honest face.  And she speaks French better than I do.

Lovely with crusty bread sliced thickly and warmed in the oven then slathered with piles of butter.

Old Fashioned French Canadian Pea Soup

2 c. dried yellow peas
2-3 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 c. cold water + water to soak peas
1 tsp. salt
2-3 pinches savory
1 ham bone with a bit of meat on it
1 c. carrots, sliced

In cold water, cover the peas and soak for 2 hours. Discard the water.
In large pot, heat the oil and saute the onion. Add drained peas, 8 cups of water, salt, savory, and ham bone. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
Add carrots and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender and the peas are mushy.
Serves 6-8.

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