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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    Wow delicious soup, pea and ham is my favourite and so pleased I can make it at home now. Didn't have any ham so used bacon and it was lovely.  -  15 Feb 2018


    Great use for leftover ham. I made this for a commercial soup and it was GONE. They all absolutely loved it, as do my children. I used rapeseed oil instead of butter, homemade chicken bone broth instead of chicken stock. After sautéing the onion, garlic and celery, I tossed all the ingredients in an electric pressure cooker, put it on soup setting, and VOILA!  -  08 Jan 2018


    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)