This soup warms you up on cold days. And is traditionally served in winter, the Dutch love to eat this when ice-skating season is on.
Soak the peas for 24 hours and drain.
Put the fat in a large cast iron pot and fry the onions until they get a bit of color and add the garlic and spices, stir and fry for another minute or two. Then add the rest of the vegetables, patatoes and the broth. If you don’t have broth ready you can just use water and bones/rind/feet from pork and let them simmer in the soup.
Let it simmer for 3-5 hours on low heat until the peas fall apart, use more broth if needed.
Take out the bones if you didn’t use broth. Fry the bacon until it’s golden brown and add to the soup, with the fat. Cut the sausage in thin slices and add.
Use plenty fresh black pepper and some salt to taste.
It will taste better the day after you make it.
Recipe by Kelly the Kitchen Kop at https://kellythekitchenkop.com/real-food-in-the-netherlands/