Hearty pea and ham soup

    Hearty pea and ham soup

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    About this recipe: 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.

    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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