Home Made Pea and Ham Soup

When I think of pea and ham soup, I usually think of a bowl of muddy green, overly salty, overly watery, and generally unappetizing soup reserved for days when there’s not much else in the cupboard than dried peas. I never even considered the possibility that it could be classed up with fresh peas and high quality smoked ham until I saw Peter’s photograph. What a difference! This soup looks thick and hearty and flavorful, a complete departure from my mental image. I’ll for sure be breaking this recipe out on the next chilly day we have.

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PEA AND HAM SOUP RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the stock:

1 smoked ham hock, weighing approx 600 grams
2 litres cold water
1 leek (white part only)
1/2 brown onion
2 small or 1 large carrot chopped into even chunks
1/2 celery stalk
a bouquet garni made up of 2 bay leaves, 5-6 peppercorns, 4 sprigs fresh thyme, 4 stalks parsley

For the soup:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500 grams frozen peas
salt and pepper to season

Instructions:

Place the ham hock along with the water, vegetables and bouquet garni in a tall, stock pot. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.

    Cook for approx 2-2.5 hours until the ham hocks are soft and nearly falling off the bone.

    Remove the ham hocks and set aside to cool. Discard the bouquet garni and using a hand blender blend all the veggies and stock. Set aside.

    In a separate pot heat the olive oil, add the onions and garlic and allow to soften for a few minutes. Add the peas and the ham hock stock and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Blitz with a hand blender and add the shredded ham meat (discarding any fatty bits) to the soup. Season with salt and pepper.

    Serve immediately with crusty bread

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