Yellow split pea and ham soup
Prep time:soak overnight
Skill level: Bit of effort
Yellow split peas work perfectly in this ham and pea soup to create a much more filling and hearty alternative to a traditional pea soup made with garden peas or petit pois. The dried yellow version of the pea is much more starchy than it's green cousin so this makes the best base for a tempting winter soup. Rich in protein but low in fat, this soup is a warming choice for all the family.
- 300g (10oz) dried yellow split peas
- 1 litre (1¾ pints) chicken or vegetable stock, or water
- 2 onions, peeled and quartered
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 bay leaves and a few sprigs of fresh thyme
- 500g (1lb) joint of smoked gammon
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped parsley, to garnish
If you can buy ham bones or 2 smoked ham hocks, use these instead of gammon. It’s best to make a big batch of this soup, and freeze what’s left over.
- Rinse the peas thoroughly and put them in a large bowl.
- Cover with cold water and set aside, covered, overnight.
- Drain peas and put in a big stockpot
- Pour in stock, or water, bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes
- Add the onion, carrot, celery, herbs and gammon
- Bring back to the boil, skim off any scum, then reduce the heat to very low
- Cover and simmer for 1½ hours.
- Take out the gammon. Set aside to cool a little
- Remove the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme.
- Blend the peas, vegetables and stock in a food processor until smooth
- Put back into the pan and heat through for serving, adjusting the consistency and checking for seasoning.
- Remove the skin and fat from the gammon and shred the meat (you should have about 350g/12oz) into small pieces.
- Serve the hot soup with chunks of meat added, and garnish with parsley
If you want to make a classic pea and ham soup, try our recipe.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 244(kcal)
- Fat 6.0g
- Saturates 2.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.