Make Soup for the Poor - The Victorian Way

In this video Mrs Crocombe shares how to make a soup to feed the poor during Victorian times.

She includes the ingredients so you can try making it yourself.

Duration/Time: 7:09


  • Bacon - 3 rashers, streaky
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Onion - x1 large
  • Carrots – x2
  • Celery - x2 sticks
  • Yellow split peas - 300g / 11oz / 1.5 cups
  • Mint - 2 sprigs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Stock – 2 litres / 4pts, vegetable or meat stock


Soak the peas overnight in plenty of cold water, then drain.

Peel and chop the vegetables, and dice the bacon.

Fry the bacon in butter, and add the vegetables to the pan.

Cook for a few minutes and then add the peas and stock.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes until the peas have ‘split’.

Add chopped mint and seasoning to taste, and cook for a further 5 minutes before serving hot.