Split pea & green pea smoked ham soup

Split pea & green pea smoked ham soup

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 3 hrs Plus overnight soaking

Easy

Serves 8
John Torode shares the recipe for one of his all-time favourite soups

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal292
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein26g
  • salt3.56g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg gammon or ham hock
  • 200g split peas, soaked overnight
    Peas

    Peas

    p-ees

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

  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stick celery, roughly chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 300g frozen peas
  • crusty bread and butter, to serve

Method

  1. Put the gammon in a very large pan with 2 litres water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and drain off the water – this helps to get rid of some of the saltiness. Recover with 2 litres cold water and bring to the boil again. Put everything but the frozen peas into the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1½-2½ hrs, topping up the water as and when you need to, to a similar level it started at. As the ham cooks and softens, you can halve it if you want, so it is all submerged under the liquid. When the ham is tender enough to pull into shreds, it is ready.

  2. Lift out the ham, peel off and discard the skin. While it is still hot (wear a clean pair of rubber gloves), shred the meat. Remove bay from the soup and stir in the frozen peas. Simmer for 1 min, then blend until smooth. Add a splash of water if too thick, and return to the pan to heat through if it has cooled, or if you are making ahead.

  3. When you are ready to serve, mix the hot soup with most of the ham – gently reheat if made ahead. Serve in bowls with the remaining ham scattered on top, and eat with crusty bread and butter.

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kerry-whatley
14th Mar, 2012
4.05
this was a loverly filling soup, however i think it was a little bit bland so i added some extra spices
lizleicester
9th Mar, 2012
5.05
Well worth the effort. Used a box of dried peas which needed steeping overnight but have produced a delicious, quite salty soup which also encouraged me to make bread for the 1st time in over a year... The frozen peas at the end have brought the colour up to a beautiful green.
savourymave
22nd Jan, 2012
Making this for tea , Hoping not to change any ingredient's will post how I get on
katmonki
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
I've done this recipe a few times and have never used split peas, just loads of frozen ones. Also used an unsmoked/salted ham so I leave out the first stage. One of my absolute favourite soups and so cheap! Heston B. had a recipe for a mint oil for his pea and ham soup. Get a handful of mint, drop in boiling water for 15 seconds. press on kitchen towel then blitz in a light flavoured veg oil. Drizzle on top. Really lifts up the soup.
ldegraft
16th Dec, 2011
4.05
Made this today for the inlaws tomorrow. I just kept the ham separate once I'd shredded it and will add it when I reheat it. I did find that it needed extra split peas though, to thicken the texture a bit, so I cooked up an extra cupful and added them. Taste amazing and will definitely make it again.
ssarahneil
13th Nov, 2011
4.05
can this soup be frozen with the ham in it
myramalcolm
13th Nov, 2011
5.05
Absolutely wonderful ! Packed full of flavour, and oh so easy to make. This one is on my favourite list.....have made it countless times and never fails to impress.
ssarahneil
13th Nov, 2011
4.05
can this soup be frozen
hollyj
10th Jul, 2011
Split peas are not the same as peas, the frozen peas referred to are normal frozen peas, split peas are more like lentils and sometimes need soaking to rehydrate them. A great classic recipe, that once mastered will gast become be a winer fave.
ambertuesday
7th Mar, 2011
4.05
loved it. It does take quite a while to do with all the soaking, shredding etc but is most definitely worth it. From others comments, I doubled the amount of dried peas. I also used 2 hocks as they were so cheap....but I think next time I would only put half the amount of the meat into the soup as mine was abit overcrowded with meat. I am sure my husband will disagree with that comment!!! Made huge amounts, was cheap to make. Will be making again

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