4 cups water 1 small smoked ham hock 1 cup split peas or lentils, soaked several hours 1/2 cup finely grated carrot 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 sprig parsley, cut fine 1 bay leaf 1/8 teaspoon thyme salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in pressure cooker; cook at 10 pounds for 45 minutes. Remove ham hock; skin and dice; add back to soup.
164 calories, 4 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams proteinper serving. This recipe is low in sodium.
I agree with the above, Olga's Peasant soup does not contain ham. It is made with Lamb Gyro meat & barley. It contains carrots, green beans, & zuccini as well as tomatoes. I believe previous reviewers recipe is much closer to Olga's than the one posted.
Dec 12, 2009
Birmingham, MI Native
I have eaten at the original Olga's in the Detroit area since the late 1970's. The Peasant Soup is made with Gyro (lamb) meat. No pork. When I make this at home, I use 1 lb. ground lamb, 1/2 cup quick barley, 2 small zucchini cut up, 1 medium onion, 2 stalks celery, 2 diced garlic cloves, and 8 oz frozen mixed vegetables. As a base, I use vegetable soup base and a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes. I use oregano instead of thyme along with the bay leaf, dried parsley, salt, and pepper. You can use half ground beef and half lamb if you prefer.