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Erwtensoep (Amsterdam)

Erwtensoep or snert is a very thick pea soup, made from split peas, celery, leeks, carrots and pork. Erwtensoep is traditionally eaten during the winter with slices of rookworst (smoked sausage) and rye bread with katenspek (Dutch bacon cooked then smoked). The Dutch consider erwtensoep ready to eat when it’s thick enough that your spoon stands vertically. Hence, erwtensoep is traditionally eaten the day after it is made when the flavors are better mixed and the soup is at its thickest.