This pea and ham soup is not only very cheap to make (less than 50p for the peas) it also makes use of leftover gammon that I'd boiled in Dr Pepper at the weekend. There wasn't enough left to make a meal, but it was the perfect amount to add to the soup.
Whilst I'd cooked this in a saucepan it would be an ideal slow cooker recipe, which could be left cooking all day on low.
Pea & Ham Soup - serves 4/5
300g dried marrowfat peas
splash of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 litre stock (vegetable, chicken, pork or ham)
salt & black pepper
200g ham or gammon, diced
- add the peas to a large bowl and cover with cold water
- leave to soak for 6 hours, or overnight
- heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat
- drain and rinse the peas and add them to the saucepan with the stock
- bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes, until the peas are soft
- remove from the heat and blend until smooth, with a stick blender
- add salt & pepper to taste, and the diced ham
- return to the heat until the ham is heated through
The kids absolutely loved this with fresh crusty bread, and have asked me to make it again very soon!