Delicious Ham & Pea Soup

Winter has finally arrived in Melbourne and our thoughts now turn to big steaming pots of home made soup. 

There is nothing quite like a lovely big bowl of Pea and Ham soup with some fresh crusty bread.  I add good quality pork sausages to mine which makes it a more substantial meal, and the ones I used this time had apple & cider in them so they were very tasty indeed. 

This is the simplest recipe – just bung everything in a pot and simmer away… 

Ham & Pea Soup

Ingredients:

500g Green Split Peas

4 cloves garlic chopped

2 onions chopped

6 celery sticks chopped

6 carrots peeled and chopped

1 large ham hock trimmed of fat

2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder (I use Massel)

6 good quality pork sausages (optional)

12 cups water

Method:

Wash the split peas and pick out any that are discoloured

Put all the above ingredients except the sausages into a large heavy based pot

Bring to the boil and simmer for around 90 minutes

Check occasionally and skim off any visible scum which appears on top and stir to prevent sticking

When vegetables are soft and the meat is cooked remove the ham hock

Using a stick blender or blender, puree the soup until lovely and smooth

Strip the meat from the hock and put back into the soup

In the meantime gently poach the whole sausages in water for around 5-10 minutes

Drain and cut into diagonal slices and add to the soup

Check for seasoning adding salt to taste

Serve with crusty bread

I sprinkle a few drops of Tabasco Chipotle Sauce over the top as a garnish – it’s delicious

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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