Hearty Pea and Ham Soup

Lunch | January 12, 2016 | By

Pea and Ham

Pea and Ham soup is one of my family’s favourites and normally after the Christmas period is when we’d serve it up with some leftover ham. You can imagine how odd it was then, that we had no ham leftover this year what-so-ever! This was definitely a family first, which is a good thing I guess…or maybe we’ve gotten fatter and greedier? (I did gain 3 pounds over Christmas- eek). Nevertheless, this hearty pea and ham soup was created out of a craving for comfort food and a determination to stick with family tradition.

We had all the rest of the ingredients, but it was worth buttoning up our coats and facing the elements for the trip down to the shops, to buy the much needed ham. No blustering wind or rain would stop us in our quest for a bowl of heart-warming thick soup – food for the soul, right there – yes please. We settled on Tesco’s Ham from their finest range, pleasingly reduced in price; another one of my bargain buys (I’m getting quite addicted to searching for the best bargains these days).

Ham bought, we battled our way through the crowds (who were out in force despite the dismal weather) and finally made it home. So glad to be back and excited about making one of our favourite soups! Yes, I know…we could’ve saved our energy and skipped the ham but hey, it’s traditional and I’ve got to keep to the family’s expectations.

It does, by the way, taste amazing without the ham but I prefer the additional flavour and having the texture of the ham in there too. You can add the ham a couple of minutes before the end of cooking or sprinkle some on top before serving. If you don’t have garlic butter, add 1-2 cloves crushed garlic in along with the onions.  You can get 4 small bowls out of this ( it is a filling soup) or two hungry people ( with a bit leftover).

Serve with crusty bread and watch how quickly this soup disappears into happy mouths.

Thick & Hearty Pea and Ham Soup
Serves 4
Pea and Ham soup - a delicious and wholesome winter warmer. This is comfort food at its finest that your family will love!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 25g garlic butter (I used lurpak's)
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 leek, chopped
  4. 500ml pork stock
  5. 450g frozen peas Petits Pois
  6. 1 large carrot, chopped
  7. 2 slices cooked ham, chopped
  8. pinch of salt and black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, over a low to medium heat, add the garlic butter and sweat the onion and leek for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the stock and the peas and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Then add the chopped carrot, bring to the boil until the carrots soften.
  3. Transfer to a blender and blend until pureed. Return to the saucepan and heat until it’s hot. (not boiling). Check if it needs seasoning and serve up right away.
Notes
  1. You can easily thin this soup out to your liking by adding more pork stock.
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  1. Leave a Reply

    Becki S
    January 19, 2016

    OOo my Mom loves split pea soup and we’re about to make a trip together to visit my Grandma so this would be a perfect dish to make together. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sarah Montgomery
      January 22, 2016

      Hi Becki. Hope you have a nice trip to see your Grandma. It would certainly keep you going until you get there. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Allison Jones
    January 19, 2016

    I’m not a huge pea person but this actually looks pretty tasty! I’ll have to broaden my horizons and give it a go.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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      Sarah Montgomery
      January 19, 2016

      Some people don’t like the texture of peas in soup but honestly it tastes so good! Let me know if you give it ago, Allison!

  3. Leave a Reply

    Stephanie
    January 19, 2016

    YUM! This is something I would make when entertaining. The colors could really make a table pop and wow guests.

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 19, 2016

      You’re right, Stephanie! It looks great on the table and brightens up a winter day! Thank you for your comment, hope you have a nice day!

  4. Leave a Reply

    Jennifer
    January 19, 2016

    I don’t eat ham so I’ll leave that out, but this soup sounds really good!

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 19, 2016

      Hey Jennifer! It’s just has tasty without the ham so I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

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    michelle
    January 18, 2016

    i love the idea of putting ham in pea soup what a delicious way to enjoy two things i love

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 19, 2016

      Hi Missy. Yes, you can really appreciate a bowl of soup – it’s so cold here atm too!! All the best.

  6. Leave a Reply

    Mandy
    January 14, 2016

    Ooh I love the colour of this soup. I’m a vegetarian so wouldn’t eat this as it is but must try a veggie version. Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare this week!

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 15, 2016

      Hi Mandy! I have made this minus the ham and used veg stock before and it’s very nice too! Thanks for leaving a comment and hope you have a nice day! πŸ™‚

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    Eb Gargano
    January 14, 2016

    This looks SO delicious. Your story about not having any ham left made me smile…I often cook things banking on leftovers and am disappointed when when there aren’t any! Quick question: did you make your own pork stock or did you use a stock cube and if the latter which brand? Thanks!

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    Choclette
    January 13, 2016

    Peas make a fantastic soup and I love the bright green colour. What a great family tradition.

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    January 13, 2016

    You know, despite being a soup lover, I’ve never had pea and ham soup! I usually opt for the veggie option (unless chicken soup is on the menu) so I’ve managed to avoid it thus far. You make it sound delicious though! I love the bright, vivid green too. You know when food is that colourful it’s got to be good for you! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    Paola
    January 12, 2016

    This is my husband’s favourite soup. I have made it and he really enjoyed it, although is a bit different from your recipe. I am sure he would like your version too!

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 13, 2016

      It really does go down as a family favourite, doesn’t it! Thanks for your comment, Paola. πŸ™‚

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    Dia All The Things I Do
    January 12, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this. The consistency reminds me or malt o meal and that is a huge point of appeal for me. I’ve very picky with food textures. I wonder how the soup part would taste as a side or sauce on chicken breast… oh ideas πŸ™‚

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    January 12, 2016

    I actually don’t think I have EVER made pea soup. I’m not a big fan of peas, but it’s because of the texture not the flavour – so I’ll have to try making pea soup to see if that converts me! πŸ™‚

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    Katie Bryson
    January 12, 2016

    What a lovely bright soup, it looks really satisfying too! I’m a huge fan of lurpak’s garlic butter for adding extra flavours to my everyday cooking, especially cheese sauce!

    • Leave a Reply

      Sarah Montgomery
      January 13, 2016

      Thanks, Katie. It’s good to have something bright this time of year! I love your idea of adding garlic butter to cheese sauce! πŸ™‚

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