Ham ‘n’ Pea Souper

Ham ‘n’ Pea Souper


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About this recipe: Peas and ham are perfect partners and make classic comfort food. Here they are brought snappily up to date with a swirl of soft cheese and a little nutmeg. Serve with soda bread or toasted wholegrain ‘soldiers’. Delicious!

Jan Cutler

Serves: 4 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400g frozen peas
  • 750ml ham or chicken stock, made with stock cubes
  • 200g cooked ham, in one piece, diced
  • 100g reduced-fat soft cheese
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:17min 

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion gently for 5-6 minutes to soften.
  2. Stir in the peas and stock, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Season lightly.
  3. Put the soup in a food processor or blender and process to a fairly rough purée. Add the ham and return to the pan. Heat through until boiling.
  4. Add the soft cheese and stir gently until just melted. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with nutmeg.


For meat stock, use vegetable stock. * For ham, use 200g diced Quorn.

…keep it

Prepare to the end of step 3, cool quickly and pour into a freezerproof container. Freeze for up to one month.

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