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!).


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


  • 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.
About Alison Clinch
Alison Clinch has 20 years marketing experience gained in small and medium size business. She is especially passionate about supporting local communities, communications, and brand management. In her role with The Free Range Butcher Alison is responsible for the company’s branding, promotion, advertising and website. Her experience in the kitchen and passion for good food also brings refreshing new ideas for our recipe suggestions. Initially working alongside her husband Ben at the farmers markets, Alison is more ‘behind the scenes’ now, and keeping busy with two young apprentices’ / kids, Tom and Georgia.

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