Holland America Line Classics Recipe: Dutch Pea Soup Erwtensoep

It’s the first day of fall, and nothing warms the chill in the air like a delicious cup of Holland America Line’s famous Dutch Pea Soup. We serve this tasty treat out on deck on Alaska and Norway cruises to our guests while they admire the icy scenery. This extra-special touch makes watching the glaciers and fjords all the more memorable. From our kitchen to yours, enjoy.

1 pound of split peas, soaked overnight
1 pork knuckle or ham hock
6 ounces diced pork belly
2 cups Rookwoorst
(1 cup diced, 1 cup sliced)
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup leek, diced
1 cup of celery, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
1 cup diced Dutch potato
¼ cup celeriac, diced
½ cup celery leaves
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Salt & pepper
bay leaf
Slice of pumpernickel bread
Speck ham

1. In a 6 quart stock pot sauté pork belly and ½ of the smoked sausage
2. Add onions and leeks and a pinch of salt. Saute until translucent
3. Add celery, carrots and celeriac. Saute until softened
4. Add chicken or vegetable stock, diced potato, split peas and pork knuckle
5. Simmer for about 45 minutes until the peas are tender
6. Skim off any foam while the soup cooks
7. For a smoother soup, carefully puree in a food processor or blender in small batches.
8. Saute sliced smoked sausage and garnish each bowl with sauces slices and minced celery leaves

Serve with a buttered slice of pumpernickel bread topped with prosciutto, ham or speck.


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  1. Don Patterson February 10, 2024 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Closest I can find to Rookwoorst is Kielbasa. Has anyone else tried this substitute?

  2. Rick December 13, 2020 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    What is Speck Ham?!

  3. William Bates September 28, 2020 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Love your Pea soup. Hope to be enjoying it come May. Just wish there was someplace to buy those little sausages you use. YUMMY!

  4. Trisha September 26, 2020 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I had to look up Rookwurst. it’s a Dutch sausage according to the recipe I looked at with similar to Bologna flavoring.
    This was my late husband’s favorite thing on the ship, the pea soup.

  5. Marcia Hunt September 23, 2020 at 7:21 am - Reply

    What is Rookwoorst? Also, I have been trying with no success to get the recipe for chocolate whisky cake I had on the Maasdam, can you provide please?

  6. Peggy cochran September 23, 2020 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Love the pea soup! Always so grateful when it’s served out on deck!!❤️❤️

  7. Nancy September 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    the only thing missing is the ship,

    the pea soup is a favorite of mine, I was often times head of the line on deck for my soup!

    Oh the memories, of cruising, I hope to do it again soon.

  8. Robin Reeves September 22, 2020 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Vanilla soufflé- Rudi’s

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