This isn't your garden pea variety but made from dried peas that are soaked before cooking. A packet of dried peas costs approx 49p, a carrot 10p an onion 20p and a couple of sticks of celery say 15p, plus the other ingredients from the store cupboard and the ham make this an easy, cheap and filling meal. This would serve 4 for a lot less that £2.
Buy the 'quick soak' dried peas to make life easier.
1 pkt (quick soak) dried peas
1 large carrot - chopped
2 sticks celery - chopped
1 onion - chopped
1 vegetable or chicken stock cube (OR if you have boiled your ham and have the stock even better)
1/2 tsp sugar
large pinch black pepper
Leftover ham (as much as you like)
2. Once the peas are soaked then rinse them and add them to a pan, cover with about a pint and a half of cold water, add the vegetables, the stock cube, salt, black pepper, and sugar and bring to the boil.
3. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Once the peas and vegetables are cooked blitz with hand blender.
4. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. To finish, shred the ham into each bowl and ladle the soup on top of the ham. Serve with bread or add a sandwich!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Starting off the new year in true blogging fashion I am entering this soup into a new challenge called Credit Crunch Munch run by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours (this month) and Camilla at Fab food for All.
A great way to see how other bloggers get creative and save money with their cooking, so do look out for the round up of recipes below.