Summer ham & pea broth

Summer ham & pea broth

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 2
This smart soup doesn't require any cooking- just pour hot water over stock, grains and lots of delicious green vegetables

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal436
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre10g
  • protein32g
  • salt3.4g
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  • 250g pouch ready-to-eat mixed grains (we used Merchant Gourmet Wholesome Mix)
  • 200g frozen pea
  • small bunch mint, leaves picked



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 2 spring onions, whites and greens separated and thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 140g piece of ham, or thick slices, trimmed of any fat and shredded or finely chopped
  • big handful pea shoots



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…


  1. Heat the grains in the microwave following pack instructions. Put the peas in a sieve and pour over boiling water.

  2. Put 50g of the peas, most of the mint leaves, the spring onion whites, vinegar, sugar and stock cube in a food processor, and blend to a smooth paste, adding a little water if you need to. Divide between 2 soup or pasta bowls.

  3. Divide the remaining peas, hot grains and ham between the bowls and pour over enough boiling water to almost fill the bowls. Stir and leave for 2 mins to heat through.

  4. Stir in the spring onion greens and remaining mint leaves, season well with pepper and top with some pea shoots.

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Joanna Claire's picture
Joanna Claire
5th Jun, 2020
I love this recipe. I can't get peashoots so I use watercress and I don't use a veg stock cube because I save the stock from cooking my own ham and use that instead of hot water. It's very fresh and my kids love it too.
1st Aug, 2016
I don`t want to sound unkind about this recipe, but what a great deal of effort for just two portions of soup? So many ingredients plus different stages of the process not to mention the washing up afterwards. Better to open a tin I should think!
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