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Recipe: Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and Ham Soup is one of my parent’s favourite meals. I’m sure they look forward to Winter so that they can cook up a big batch! Serves 6 (or 4 with leftovers!).

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ham Hocks
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g green split peas
  • 2 cups frozen peas

Method:

  • Heat oil in a very large pot and saute onion and garlic for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the hocks and cover with 2 litres water. Add the split peas to the pot.
  • Lower heat and simmer gently for around 2.5 hours. (Make sure the hocks stay covered with water, but avoid adding too much water.)
  • At the end of 2.5 hours the split peas should be completely soft.
  • Remove the ham hocks and set aside to cool.
  • Add 2 cups of frozen peas to the pot and after 1 minute, turn the heat off.
  • Use a hand-held stick mixer to blend the soup until all the ingredients are completely pureed and smooth.
  • After removing the skin, bone and fatty bits from the hocks, shred or slice the meat.
  • Return the ham to the soup and serve

TIP: For a thicker soup, simmer for a bit longer or until it reduces.

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