Ali shares winter warmer Pea & Ham Soup recipe

In the Kitchen

Ali Leonard has shared a delish recipe to warm up on those cold winter days... Pea and Ham Soup!

"I used the yellow split peas for fun. The packet was about $2 and I reckon i'll get at least 5 batches of soup from the packet. My bacon hock was $5.50 and there was plenty left after our meal. I reckon it easily serves 6 and it goes such a long way. Great winter comfort. This would work really well in the Slow Cooker too. Enjoy! - Ali."

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/3 cups green or yellow split peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed, diced
  • 1 brown onion, halved, diced 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g ham or bacon hocks
  • 1.5L of cold water
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

METHOD:

  1. Rinse the split peas under cold running water until water runs clear. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic, bay leaves and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the onion softens.
  3. Add split peas, ham or bacon hocks and the water. Bring to the boil . 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.
  4. Place about  1/4 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.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with some nice crusty bread.