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Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Pea and ham soup made with a gammon joint, frozen peas and mint for a light and healthy soup. This simple meal is easy and warming.

Course Soup
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 266 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g Smoked gammon joint
  • 2 Onions Peeled
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Peeled and chopped
  • 1 kg Frozen peas
  • 15 g Fresh mint Leaves only, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

To cook on the Hob:

  1. Put the joint into a large saucepan, add ONE of the onions (cut in half) and add 1 litre of water and put the lid on. Cook for about 1 hour or until the meat is soft and tender and falling apart.

  2. Remove the meat from the saucepan, reserving the liquid and discarding the onion.

  3. Chop the remaining onion. In the saucepan heat the oil and soften the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.

  4. Add 750ml of the ham cooking liquid (keep the rest in case you need it), the frozen peas, the mint and plenty of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes until the peas are cooked through.

  5. Blend the peas and stock mixture. Add a little more of the reserved stock if it is too thick.

  6. Shred the cooked ham and add to the soup (reserving some to garnish).

To cook in the Slow Cooker:

  1. Put the joint into the slow cooker, add ONE of the onions (cut in half) and add 1 litre of water. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours, or until the meat is soft and tender and falling apart.

  2. Remove the meat from the slow cooker pan, reserving the liquid and discarding the onion.

  3. Chop the remaining onion. In the pan of your slow cooker (if you have a nifty hob safe one like mine) or in a frying pan, heat the oil and soften the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.

  4. Add 750ml of the ham cooking liquid (keep the rest in case you need it), the frozen peas, the mint and plenty of salt and pepper. Cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

  5. Blend the peas and stock mixture. Add a little more of the reserved stock if it is too thick.

  6. Shred the cooked ham and add to the soup (reserving some to garnish).

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Pre Soaking
If you are very concerned about the meat being too salty, you can soak the gammon joint in plenty of water for about an hour or two before cooking. Discard the water. I must say I don't do this, but the option is there if you're very worried about salt.

 

Nutrition Facts
Pea and Ham Soup Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
266
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
38
mg
13
%
Sodium
 
750
mg
33
%
Potassium
 
538
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
1060
IU
21
%
Vitamin C
 
53
mg
64
%
Calcium
 
49
mg
5
%
Iron
 
2.6
mg
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.