Hearty pea and ham soup

    1 hour 50 min

    This warming split pea soup is ideal for cold and blustery days. Leftovers will freeze well. Ideal for using up any small bits of cooked gammon.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 2 sticks celery, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 450g cooked ham, diced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 450g dried split peas
    • 1 litre chicken stock
    • 600ml water
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Place the butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Stir in onion, celery and sliced garlic. Cook slowly until the onions are translucent but not brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.
    2. Mix in ham, bay leaf and split peas. Pour in chicken stock and water. Stir to combine and simmer slowly until the peas are tender and the soup is thick, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.

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    Try this with the addition of Masoor Dal (red, split lentils). The lentils tend to disintegrate and give the soup a thickness that's quite appealing.  -  05 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'd give this soup 100 stars if I could!! I found Chef John's recipe on Foodwishes.com and made it at least 5 times now. Even when I double the recipe it doesn't hang around long enough for me to get my fill and I crave it until I make more. Works well either on the stove top as stated, or in the crock pot (do step one as stated, then throw it all in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours). Simply delicious!!  -  05 Mar 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Amazing, I've never made split pea soup. I added a little veg oil instead of butter. I did cook the diced onions and diced celery until it was translucent. I did add green onions as well. Then added left over ham from Thanksgiving from Logan Farms and also the Sausage from Bone Daddy's. I stirred for a few. Then added the split peas stirred it infor a couple of minutes before I added the Chicken Stock. I covered all with the chicken stock. Then a pinch of salt and pepper. Boiled it for 45 min. Stirred it continusly. Then lowered temp to simmer the rest for an hour and 15mins. My husband couldnt get enough of it. Its was incredidble. Thank you  -  07 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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