Pea and Ham Soup

I made pea and ham soup today for the first time ever. I’ve always loved pea and ham soup – it’s so tasty and really warms you up in the winter. I used a recipe from taste.com.au and doubled the quantities. When I make soup I always make enough for two meals plus an extra two to store in the freezer. Soups freeze really well and are easy to defrost at short notice, even without a microwave, which is great for days when I don’t really have time to cook (or am just feeling lazy!).

This recipe makes 8 good sized servings or 10 slightly smaller ones. I’m cooking for 2 adults and a toddler these days so I get 4 meals out of this recipe (2 of which I put away in the freezer).

You need to set aside a good 3-3.5 hours to make this soup, as it takes about 2.5 hours to cook, which is another good reason for making it in large quantities and freezing half.

For 8 servings you will need:

  • 580g (roughly 2 2/3 cups) of green split peas
  • 2 x 700g ham hocks
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  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 2 onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 4 litres of cold water

If you only want to make enough for four servings simply halve the amounts listed above.

Firstly, give the green split peas a good rinse under cold running water and let them sit and drain. Then chop up the carrots, celery, and onions, and crush the garlic.

Heat up the olive oil in a large stock pot (or very large 5-6 litre saucepan) over medium heat and add the carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Stir until the onion goes soft (about 5 minutes).

Add the split peas, ham hocks and the 4 litres of water to the vegetables and put the heat on high. Once it starts to boil reduce the heat to medium/low and allow to simmer gently for 2-2 1/2 hours, or until the ham falls off the bone.

Remove from heat and allow to cool down for 5 minutes.

Take the ham hocks out and place on a chopping board. Pull all the meat off the bones and set aside, discarding the bones and any fat.

Use a blender to process the pea mixture until it’s smooth then put the meat back into it. You can season with salt and pepper, but I found that it didn’t need it.

And that’s it! Simply serve with your favourite fresh bread or toast and enjoy!

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