Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

A ham bone or hock can be used in this soup. We purchase a leg ham bone from a delicatessen. We choose a bone with a substantial amount of meat attached so that the soup will have plenty of ham chunks. The split peas disintegrate during cooking to give the soup a thick consistency. You will need a stockpot or saucepan with a capacity of at least 5 litres for this recipe.

Preparation time: about 35 minutes (excludes cooking time)

Yields approximately 2.5 litres (10 cups) of soup.

Serves about 6.

We use a 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.

500g (about 2 1/4 cups) green split peas
2 medium onions (about 300g total), peeled and finely chopped
2 medium carrots (about 260g total), peeled and finely chopped
2 sticks celery (about 200g total), stalks finely chopped (discard leaves)
1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1kg meaty ham bone or ham hock
1 bay leaf (fresh or dried)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 litres (8 cups) water
Salt, to taste

Check the split peas and discard any discoloured peas or foreign objects. Place split peas in a sieve/colander and thoroughly rinse under cold running water.

Place split peas, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, ham bone/hock, bay leaf, pepper and water in a stockpot or very large saucepan (at least 5 litre capacity). © exclusivelyfood.com.au

Place pot over high heat and bring liquid to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low so the liquid is simmering. Cover pan leaving lid ajar.

During cooking, use a spoon to skim the froth from the surface of the soup.

Stir often, especially towards the end of the cooking time, to prevent the split peas sticking to the bottom of the pot.

After 2 hours simmering, use tongs or two forks to remove the ham bone/hock from the pot. Leave the soup simmering uncovered. Set the ham bone/hock aside until cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes). Discard the bay leaf.

Remove the meat from the bone, discarding the bone and fat.

Roughly chop meat and return to the soup.

Stir soup and taste to check whether salt is needed. Ladle soup into warmed bowls and serve with crusty bread. Soup can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
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Blogger boringsahm said...

Love it, one of my winter warmers. Can't wait to try your recipe

1/6/10 6:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This soup is delicious. I just finished making it and it will be a hit for sure with my parents. My mum makes wonderful Pea and Ham soup and she will really enjoy this one.

6/6/10 4:11 pm  
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8/6/10 10:05 pm  
Anonymous Maria said...

Definitely pea and ham soup weather! I've always loved this, it's such a common soup to have in Finland too!

11/6/10 5:35 am  
Anonymous Catriona said...

this soup is yummo!

13/6/10 10:50 pm  
Anonymous Mandy said...

This is delicious comfort food. I added too much water and wanted to thicken it so added potatoes. It still turned out yummy!

14/6/10 9:01 pm  
Anonymous Alison said...

This is deicious, I will definately be making this again.

15/6/10 6:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how long would you cook in a slow cooker for?

16/6/10 5:52 pm  
Blogger NySmith said...

Just tried it, and it was fantastic. Thanks !

27/6/10 3:30 pm  
Blogger Smilie girl said...

I've been making a very similar recipe for a few years now in my slow cooker and it's a firm family favourite. I cook it in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low with enough water to cover the bone (about 2 litres). Using a meaty ham bone makes it awesome!

10/7/10 6:37 pm  
Blogger Joey said...

About an hour away from completing our second batch of this... my husband LOVES pea and ham soup but I'd never been a fan before trying this one! Thank you :)

15/7/10 6:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this soup - so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Best Pea and Ham soup we've had!

1/1/12 7:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this in my slower cooker it was very tasty. Will definitely be making it again, big hit with the hubby and kids.

9/1/12 10:14 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best pea and ham soup ever! Will be making this often, even my 4 year old and 2 year old loved it.

16/5/12 4:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum! I made this for dinner tonight, tastes just like how my mum made hers :) I added barley to it just like my mum did, best.soup.ever!

10/7/12 10:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the best pea and ham soup we have ever had! Thank you heaps!

27/10/12 5:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you use frozen peas instead of split peas to speed up the cooking and also ham and bacon instead of the hocks?

15/7/13 3:44 pm  

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