Pea Soup
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Pea Soup

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Serves 4

A traditional Liverpool soup, using red lentils and yellow split peas and ham. Good stick to your ribs stuff, perfect for winter weather!

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  • 1 ham shank or small bacon joint (unsmoked)
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 250g red split lentils
  • Handful of split peas
  • Black pepper


    1. Put your meat onto boil. Cover it halfway with water. Leave to cook for one hour. Keep checking to make sure the water is not getting too low.
    2. At the end of 1 hour change the water. (it can get too salty so this is important)
    3. Leave the meat for another hour, it must be soft when ready. If still not soft, give it a bit longer. Check the water levels. Taste the water. If still very salty change it again or dilute it.
    4. While the meat is cooking, chop the carrots and onions into chunks, not too fine.
    5. When the meat is ready (after 2 hours) remove it from the pan. Add all the other ingredients to the cooking water. Add a bit of pepper but no salt (taste later and see if it needs salt). Bring to the boil and let this simmer for at least half an hour. Meanwhile chop up your meat and return it to the pan. Keep an eye on this, when it is nearly ready in may start to stick so keep stirring now and again. When it is ready, it will be a lovely orange/yellow colour, and should be thick. This is a meal in itself. Very filling, nice with some home made bread.

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helliwelli's picture

About to make this for the first time. Do you have to soak the the yellow split peas over night?