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Olga's Peasant Soup

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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   6

recipe id: 84758
cook method: pressure cooker

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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.

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164 calories, 4 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium.
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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.

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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.

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