Lou's Pea and ham soup
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Lou's Pea and ham soup

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Serves 4

A great soup to warm you up and fill your belly on cold winter days!

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  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 4 rashers/125g bacon chopped
  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 600ml/1pt vegetable or chicken stock
  • 300ml/1/2pt milk
  • 500g peas, frozen or fresh
  • 4 slices/125g cooked ham cut into small pieces


    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Gently fry the onions, garlic and bacon over a low heat for about 10 mins until the onions are soft and the bacon is browned.
    2. Add the potatoes and stock to the pan, bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 10 mins until potatoes are cooked.
    3. Pour in milk and tip peas into pan, simmer for a further few mins until peas are done. remove from heat.
    4. Add chopped ham to the pan, then blend until smooth. season with salt, pepper and a little sugar if needed.
    5. Serve with big wedges of homemade crusty bread.

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20th May, 2010
Soup was easier to make and very filling. I used pancetta instead of bacon and it was delicious. Defiantly will make again!
18th Dec, 2009
Wonderful recipe - a real winner ... we use smoked beef sausage instead of bacon as my husband doesn't eat pork.
27th Sep, 2009
Absolutely delicious! We all loved it. I am definitely going to make this again.
25th Sep, 2009
This is just so lovely and tasty. Kids loved it, neighbour loved. It's to become a sure favourite.
19th Sep, 2009
i made this and it was amazing the flavour and colour were great. Smoked bacon is best to use it gives it a really good flavour, thanks for putting it up any more good recipies??
20th Aug, 2009
Mmmm delicious! I can't really comment on the consistency, as I don't tend to weigh or measure things, just chuck 'em in. I used baby new potatoes (skins on, cut into quarters) and fresh thyme. Then, after blending, I stirred in crispy fried diced pancetta. Yummy!
20th Jul, 2009
I really liked the soup - it was really easy, quick and made a tasty lunch for me and my pops from stuff in the freezer/cupboard. He loved it too, so all good as he is a tough guest to please. Plus I used chunks of roast ham which was leftover from the sunday roast, which was delicious. But the pea and potato idea worked a treat. Yes it was a bit thick, but I just watered it down a bit with some stock. Recommend for a quick easy soup. Yum. Oh I added a bit of fresh mint - which was lovely - just about 4-5 leaves from the garden, which made it a bit lighter, summery and lunchy. Thanks!
25th Jun, 2009
You can get this in Holland in the winter - its called urter soup - and its great!
23rd Mar, 2009
Nice taste, but definitely needs more stock far too thick for my liking.
30th Jan, 2009
This soup is absolutely delicious. Great colour and texture and very easy to make. I used pancetta instead of bacon and petit pois instead of peas because they were both in the freezer. I sprinkled some finely chopped ham on the top which looked nice. It was just as good on day 2 so you can make it in advance.


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