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SPLIT PEA AND HAM SOUP

Split Pea and Ham Soup
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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Read the recipe all the way through before starting it. This is a really tasty and nutritious soup which is well worth the effort. Make a batch of of it because it freezes very well.

INGREDIENTS

8oz / 225g leftover cooked ham or ham chunks / offcuts from supermarket

1 large onion

2 celery sticks

1 medium carrot

7oz / 200g split peas (green or yellow) or split lentils

Half teaspoon of grated garlic or 2 fresh garlic cloves finely chopped

Half teaspoon dried mixed herbs

A hadfulr of parsley

1.5 litres vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Nutrition information per portion
PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
 
COOKING TIME: 55 minutes
 
DIFFICULTY: Easy
 
FREEZE: Freezes very well
 
SERVINGS: 4 servings
 
EQUIPMENT: 1 large pan, scales, knife

PREPARATION

  Split Pea and Ham Soup
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Preparation for Split Pea and Ham Soup

Chop the carrot, celery and onions into small pieces.

Finely chop the parsley.

Chop the ham into small bite sized chunks or shred it.

ADVICE FOR SPLIT PEA AND HAM SOUP

We used leftovers from a Sunday lunch gammon joint.

As a very easy alternative, use pre-cooked ham which saves all the bother of cooking your own ham / gammon joint. We tried this and the taste was just as good but you never know what you are getting if the ham is pre-cooked!

Whatever ham is used, it's fine if it is smoked or un-smoked - we used un-smoked.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Place all the vegetables, split peas, parsley and garlic into a pan, pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Then lower the heat so that the mixture is just simmering (just below boiling). This will need to be cooked for around one hour, maybe one and a quarter hours if you want your vegetables soft.

Vegetables simmering
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Vegetables simmering

STEP 2

If you want a chunky soup, skip the next step. We chose a blended smooth version because the kids just hate lumps in their soup! Well, to be honest, we prefer it that way as well.

STEP 3

We used a cheap blender to puree the soup which does the job really well. If you have a professional blender all the better.

It is also possible to use a hand potato masher which will puree all the vegetables just as well.

Blending the soup
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Blending the soup

STEP 4

The final step is to add the ham to the soup and heat gently for a couple of minutes. Stir well and have a quick taste. More salt and pepper can added if the soup needs more seasoning.

Serve the soup into bowls and add the parsley if you have any available. This soup freezes well and will keep in the freezer for a month.

Split Pea and Ham Soup
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Split Pea and Ham Soup

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