Slow cooker pea and ham soup

Slow cooker pea and ham soup


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About this recipe: This is a two stage process that takes time, but is well worth the effort. Thick and filling, it can be frozen and pulled out on a cold winter morning. Great every time.

Serves: 12 

  • 1 ham shank or ham hock
  • 2 boxes dried peas
  • 1 box split yellow lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 large carrots, chopped

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:18hr15min 

  1. Stage 1: Overnight, slow cook the ham shank in a cup of water at the base of the pot (8 hours). Soak the dried peas and yellow split lentils according to the packet instructions overnight.
  2. Stage 2: Get up in the morning to the gorgeous smell of a cooked ham shank.
  3. Remove the shank from the slow cooker, remove any fat residue from the mixture, leaving the remainder in the slow cooker (this is the liquid required for the soup).
  4. Once the ham shank is cool enough to handle, strip the meat off the bones and shred into bite size pieces, add to the slow cooker.
  5. Drain peas and lentils and add to the slow cooker.
  6. Add all the other ingredients and cook on low for 10 hours. Serve hot.

Freezing tip

This is a really thick soup. I tend to store in containers and freeze, but when re-heating I use the same container and fill with warm water and add to the soup; otherwise it is more like a stew.

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Reviews (3)


I thought it was yummy. But my flatmates didn't really like it all What did you do with the skin/fat from the hock when you stripped the meat from it? - 11 Oct 2014


Great taste (I added a teaspoon of curry powder) but the consistency was pease pudding, which was fine. The problem is with the ingredients list. A "packet" of dried peas means nothing. Obviously my "packets" were too big! How about some weights instead? - 29 Oct 2015


Cheapest meal ever. I did not find it time consuming as you get on with your day while the cooker will do all the work. The soup was delicious, freezes well, just add water to loosen when reheating. My husband always states he does not like soup, no problem with this one, could not stop him eating. The pea flavours are perfect with small chopped up ham pieces adding a little chewy interest when you come across some. Nice to bulk out to a full meal with some crusty bread. - 19 Sep 2015

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