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Newfoundland Pea Soup and Dough Boys

Newfoundland Pea Soup and Dough Boys

Traditional Newfoundland Pea Soup and Dough Boys. A hearty local favorite that has warmed many a belly over the decades.
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10 or more servings
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 ham bone
  • 4 cloves roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 large coarsely grated carrot
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 cups dried yellow split peas
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground white or black pepper , your preference
  • 1 large red or sweet white onion , about 1½ cups diced (yellow onions are traditional, so use them if you want but I use sweeter onions to balance the saltiness of the ham.)
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 3 cups diced baked smoked ham

For the Dough Boys

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Very quickly mix in with a wooden spoon:
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. Simmer the ham bone, garlic, carrot, small onion and water slowly in a large covered pot for 1½ hours. Strain the stock through a colander and return it to the pot. Skim excess fat from the surface of the stock.
  2. Add the split peas, bay leaves, dried thyme, pepper and red onion. If you are using salt beef, add it here.
  3. I don’t add any salt at this point, the salt content of the ham you are using will determine if you need to add a little at the end. Let your own taste be the guide.
  4. Simmer slowly and gently for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the peas do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add the diced carrots and diced ham.
  6. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Taste the soup at this point to determine if any additional salt is necessary. In all likelihood, it will not. Now add the dough boys to a very gently simmering pot

To make the Dough Boys (makes about 10)

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, very quickly mix in the milk and melted butter.
  3. Do NOT over-work this dough. Stir in the liquid as quickly as possible and as soon as a soft dough forms , STOP mixing.
  4. Make sure you give the soup one last good stir to make sure that that nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pot then immediately drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls into the slowly simmering soup.
  5. Place the cover on the pot and do NOT remove it for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the dough boys from the pot and give the soup a final stir and remove the bay leaves before serving.