Anyone that dare to try our 13 steps to make Swedish “Ärtsoppa” aka Rocket Fuel Soup?

The Yellow Peas is known to be producing a lot of farts, that’s why I call it Rocket Fuel Soup. You may feel like you have a Rocket in your tummy…. *giggles*

We often drink heated Punsch with the Pea Soup. It might not sound so delicious in your ears, but it really is – you have to be out in the cold snowy Swedish winter first to really get the right feeling :-)

It’s a common party dish when it’s cold outside and you’ve many guests, since it’s very easy to prepare.

Swedish Pea Soup Recipe

Swedish Pea Soup for 4-6 people.

NOTE: The soup can be vegetarian: exclude the pork, use vegetable bouillon cubes instead of the meat and meat bouillon cubes.


4-500 gram (1 pound) whole dried yellow peas
1 1/2 liter (6 cup) cold water
1 peeled yellow onion in 2 halves
(optional: with 2 cloves in the onion)
250 gram (1/2 pound) salted pork
1/2 teaspoon thyme or marjoram
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cube of meat bouillon

Garnish: mustard

How to make it:

1. Soak the peas in a bowl with 2 liter (8 1/2 cup) water for 12 hours or more. (During night ideally)

2. Get rid off the water, put the peas in a big pot with 1 1/2 liter (6 cup) water. Add the salt. Cover.

3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a medium simmer.

4. When pea skins surface, skim them off.

5. Add the onion and the big pieces of salt pork and cover.

6. Let simmer for about 60 minutes.

7. Take up the pork, let cool off and cut off most of the fat and cut the rest in small pieces.

8. Let the soup boil for another 30 minutes.

9. Take away the onion and the cloves.

10. Rub the thyme or marjoram in the palm of your hand and put it in the pot and stir.

11. Let simmer another 30 minutes.

12. Taste it, if needs of more salt, or thymes. The pork should have flavored it, if it were salt enough.

13. Put back the pork into the soup.

The consistency of the peas is up to you, we like them somewhere in between al dente and too soft – the soup should not be like porridge ;-) .

My experience is that the more al dente (less cooked) it is, the more farting you get…. *giggles*

The secret with this Pea soup is to get your hand on a well salted pork. Without the salted pork, it’s not as good taste on the soup!

Party style 25 persons:

2,5 kg (55 pound) salted pork
2.5 kg (55 pound) yellow peas
12,5 litres (52-53 cup) of water/pork stock
about 250 gram (1/2 pound) yellow onion

How to eat it:

Serve together with mustard onto the rim of the soup bowl. You can either stir the mustard directly into the soup or by dip the tip of your spoon into the mustard before filling the rest of it with soup.

Swedish Crisp bread to go at the side and the already mentioned Swedish Punsch to drink – Cheers :-)

Pea Soup - Ärtsoppa

Nutritive value: Protein, Iron and B-vitamin.

Warning: Open the windows or get a box of matches to light when the farting starts!!!! *giggles*

The History of Swedish Pea Soup

It has been tradition in Sweden to eat Ärtsoppa (Pea Soup) on Thursdays since Sweden’s Catholic days, even though the Pea Soup dates back even before the Viking age! Especially with pork as one of the ingredients, so the hard working farmers would survive over the Friday fast.

The tradition were kept even after Sweden were converting to the Lutheranism around 1530 and when Sweden started to import arrack from other countries in the 18th century, we added the drink Punsch together with the soup, a kind of sweet liqueur.

We even have a Swedish King in the 16th century, Eric XIV, that was poisoned and died because of pea soup that was prepared with arsenic – so watch out! *giggles*

In the canteens of the Swedish Armies pea soup have earlier (I don’t know how it its today) been served on Thursday’s – with Swedish thin pancakes as dessert.

Can you imagine the smell in the camp of all the farting? *giggles*

And that’s how we prefer it too, so don’t miss the Swedish Pancakes post next week!

Lifecruiser Swedish Pea Soup

30 Comments on “T13 Swedish Rocket Fuel Soup”

    RennyBA said:

    ̠rtesuppe Рone of my favorite from when I was a child. My grand, grand mother made the very best one and also added salted meat in it. In our family, it was actually a tradition to have it on Sundays, and then of course it was left overs to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and even sometimes on TorAsDay LoL

    I do remember the fart thing (we kept it within the family though!), but also when I got older I had aquavit to drink with is and the combination seams to balance the stomach aggression LoL

    Maribeth said:

    Sounds totally yummy!!!

    Lifecruiser said:

    OF course I knew that you would knew :-)

    Nicholas said:

    I shouldn’t be reading this when I am so hungry!

    Your blog banner is utterly delightful!

    Yuriko said:

    Very interesting recipe. Must try it sometime! :) Happy TT!

    Yen said:

    Yummy!!! I’m going to try this one this weekend:) Thanks for sharing! Happy TT!

    Mines up as well:)

    Kuanyin said:

    Your derelict swabee is reporting in! This soup sounds just like what I need to get me moving again! However, I don’t like to imagine all the soldiers sitting around farting together! :-) When we make any kind of bean soup in the South, we first soak the peas or beans in vinegar overnight which takes away the thing that makes you fart. But then, without everyone farting up a storm, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun would it?

    Melli said:

    Hmmmm…. you should try using BEER instead of water (after the rinse) — see if you like that! I don’t — but I don’t like beer! My sister ALWAYS makes her pea soup with beer. I make mine very much like yours! I do usually use the green peas though… don’t know why… they taste the same, I think! And I do put carrots and sometimes celery in mine.

    Lori said:

    Oh that looks so yummy!! Im writing down the receipe right now:) Thanks and Happy TT.

    Chelle Y. said:

    Cool! I like the way people compliment you on how good it is too! :) My son would love that!

    Dave RH said:

    Sounds tasty… I’m not so sure if I like the idea of the “rocket” afterwards though! lol

    Mustard with soup sounds very interesting, I’ve never even though of that before, but I could see it being good with the right soup.

    Gattina said:

    I am sure you do it much better then I would do, so sent me a bowl over. It sounds very much like the peasoup they do in Germany my Grandma used to put Sauerkraut in the soup with the porc. It’s really a very consistant dish for cold winter days.
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    Not Afraid To Use It said:

    My hubbie loved it when he read this post outloud to him. He said he really loves his raketbränsle. LOL Now that it is getting cold up here, I think this is going to be our Thursday staple again for the autumn. I even have a salted ham bone in the freezer ready to go. Thanks for reminding us how good it is!

    .: mar said:

    It seems like a fine soup to have in the winter time. I enjoyed reading about the tradition but I will be honest with you and won’t try it because I am a fan of clean air, lol! But can’t wait to read about the pancakes, now that’s one of my favorite foods ;)
    happy TT!!!!

    Amazing Gracie said:

    Yum…Swedish Pancakes!
    My husband loves beans of any kind, especially chili beans (pinto beans). The air can become a tad fetid and green, for certain! But when the wallpaper starts peeling, run for your life!

    A. said:

    I’m ready, I’m ready! Though I wouldn’t have been if I’d noticed the soup receipe first. I love all sorts of soups, though we had lamb and flageolet beans yesterday so I’ll wait a while before we try any more rocket fuel!

    Gina said:

    I normally “make” Coop, LOL!
    But thanks for the recipe, I will definately do home made this time, but since today is already ärtsoppa fläsk steak and pancakes , it is Coop again!

    Ev Nucci said:

    Oh Captain with all those farts you are such a guy girl!!!! I gotta luvs ya! And lordie I am not a girlie girl!!! Now I am the only one in my house who likes peas I’ll have you know. What a bummer is that?

    So it seems to me I’ll have to make this just for me…the fart girl…or the fart club! I luvs ya captain!

    Hootin' Anni said:

    It’s good! We have this a few times a year. But we use dried peas and call it Split Pea Soup. :o )

    katskracerkbox said:

    That sounds really good…will definitely have to try it sometime. My TT # 9 is up! Happy TT!

    Kasia said:

    It looks freaking delicous! And it’s not that difficult to prepare. I hope I will make it next weekend. I’l llet you know if it was tasty.

    Sword Girl said:

    It sounds really good! So does the punsch! The guys here really love pork, so maybe I can make it for them. I love mustard! :-D

    Vixen said:

    That sounds quiet tasty, I may try it this very weekend. Happy TT.

    raja said:

    In India too, the pancakes and soups are preferred by a hell lot of people… Since im a vegetarian, i never tasted soups other than veg, tomato and mushroom..

    Its really great thing too have a mouthful of hot soup when it is ice cold out, provided, soup is prepared by you mom :)

    claudie said:

    You make me hungry! I will make a surprise to Pierre cooking it to him! Weather becomes a little fresh since yesterday! It’s just we need now. And Tomorrow the pancakes! Good! The 6 th october it’s Olive tree’s fest in Ollioules! It could be interesting to do a little report about it. I’ll post it a few days after. Yesterday we saw a film on TV wich took place in Stockolm. It was very interesting to watch all the places you showed us in your posts!

    Morgan St. John said:

    Uh, I think I’ll pass. the picture kind of did it for me. I’m a huge soup fan though… just, hmm maybe not adventurous enough!

    TorAamusic said:

    What – a farting Soup? And on TORdag. Blow me to the Moon or to Maui – for next to nothing. What a travelling cyber wonder;D.

    You use dried yellow peas? Haha – puuuff.
    We have the excact same recipe – and go to bed on an air madras. *giggles*

    PS. i have a link to you from my Friday Fun. Will be my last post until returning from Amsterdam.

    Have a wonderful weekend

    T and A

    Sanni said:

    Oooooh… I ♥ “Erbsensuppe” – a classic… and if everybody farts… well, who cares *LOL*

    Toni said:

    Hmmm that swedish pea soup looks yummy. Although I must agree with Sanni on that too :)


    very nice blog supplying all cooking informations and tips

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