Snert (Dutch Split Pea Soup)


This is a thick, hearty pea and ham soup that is traditional in the Netherlands. If you prefer a slightly thinner soup, feel free to add more water.

Snert (Dutch Split Pea Soup)
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 46 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 26 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound bone-in gammon (cured pork leg)

  • 2 (14 ounce) bags dried split peas

  • 8 ounces pork belly

  • 1 small celeriac (celery root), peeled and chopped

  • 2 leeks, sliced into 1/2-inch rings

  • 2 small onions, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 smoked sausage

  • 1 bunch fresh celery leaves, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place gammon in a large pot; cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Add split peas and pork belly; simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface of the water.

  2. Transfer gammon and pork belly to a plate using a slotted spoon. Strain split peas through a sieve, discarding water.

  3. Place gammon, split peas, and pork belly back into the pot; cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently until gammon and pork belly are tender, 2 to 3 hours.

  4. Transfer gammon and pork belly to a plate using a slotted spoon; cool until easily handled, about 10 minutes. Remove gammon from the bone and slice. Slice the meatiest parts off the pork belly.

  5. Stir the chopped meat back into the pot. Add celeriac, leeks, onions, and carrot; simmer until softened, about 15 minutes. Add whole sausage link; simmer until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove sausage link and slice into small pieces; stir back into the soup.

  6. Sprinkle celery leaves, salt, and pepper over soup. Simmer until celery leaves are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Add a little water in step 5 if soup is too thick.

This soup tastes even better the next day. Reheat gently, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
10g Fat
75g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 865mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 29g 102%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1494mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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