Keep warm this winter with this delicious Pea and Ham Soup recipe that even the kids will enjoy! It will soon become a family favourite!
- 1 1/3 cups green split peas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
- 2 sticks celery, trimmed, chopped
- 1 brown onion, halved, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 700g ham or bacon hocks
- 6 cups cold water
- Salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Bread, to serve
Step 1 Rinse split peas under cold running water until water runs clear. Drain.
Step 2 Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion softens.
Step 3 Add split peas, ham hocks and water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 2 – 2 1/2 hours or until ham hocks are tender and the meat is falling away from the bones. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Remove ham hocks from pan. Remove the meat from bones. Coarsely chop meat and set aside.
Step 4 Place one-quarter of the pea mixture in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Return to pan with ham. Repeat with remaining pea mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until hot.
Step 5 Ladle soup into bowls and serve immediately with crusty bread.