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A mini meat pie floating on mushy pea soup, slathered in tomato sauce.

Pie Floater Recipe with Pea Soup

Pie floaters are a classic South Australian street food snack made out of a crispy, flaky meat pie floating in a delicious pea soup. Learn how to make your very own mushy pea soup pie floater - Adelaide style.
Course Soup
Cuisine Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 385.25kcal
Cost $10


  • Large Saucepan
  • Large serving bowls


  • 500 g blue boiler peas or marrowfat peas soaked overnight
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp bicarb soda
  • 4 mini beef pies

Optional toppings (to taste)


  • Now guys, don’t forget that the first part of this recipe is to soak your blue boiler peas in a large saucepan overnight. Otherwise you’ll never get to that thick and lusciously smooth texture. The peas will DOUBLE in size overnight, so make sure to put them in a large enough saucepan.
  • Drain your soaked peas, rinse them thoroughly and drain again. Repeat this a few times until the peas are nice and clean.
  • Pour in your chicken stock and bicarb soda and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the peas have softened and the soup has thickened nicely (around 30-40 minutes). If too much liquid evaporates, feel free to pour in a little more liquid as you go.
  • Transfer your thick green soup into serving bowls and top with a hot flaky mini beef pie. Slather with your favourite toppings and tuck right in!



  • To be ultra authentic you should technically serve the pie upside down in the soup – but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do that when the lids of our Mini Meat Pies were so CRISPYYYY.


  • Can you make pie floaters in advance? Yes, you can make pie floaters in advance as long as you store the soup and pies separate. The soup will last for around 3 days in the fridge, up to a few months if stored in the freezer. Pies can also be made in advance and frozen, then thawed completely before baking in the oven until heated through. Serve your assembled pie floater immediately.

Variations & Substitutes

  • Traditionally in Australia the pea soup is made with dried Australian Blue Boiler peas, but you can also substitute with a variety called Marrowfat peas, or canned pea soup for an even quicker rendition. 
  • In Australia we love our tomato sauce, but feel free to substitute with ketchup if required.


Calories: 385.25kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.65g | Protein: 18.84g | Fat: 13.85g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 19.75mg | Sodium: 1400.55mg | Potassium: 700.75mg | Fiber: 7.13g | Sugar: 12.33g | Vitamin A: 1406.25IU | Vitamin C: 51.1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.72mg