Thursday, 3 January 2013

Pea and ham soup - recipe

Oh the shame of the inside of a post Christmas fridge...not sure about yours but ours is groaning with stuff, all within date but it needs to be used up, and in January I always try to spend less money on food if I can (it helps make up for what I spent in December, or that is my logic anyway).

The new year ham (second ham as we devoured one at Christmas too) is still alive and well and tastes absolutely amazing, and there are veggies in the fridge and dried stores too that all need using up. So nothing for it...a no brainer of a recipe for pea and ham soup!

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
1tsp salt
large pinch black pepper
Leftover ham (as much as you like)
1. Start by soaking the peas, they need about 2 hours if you buy the quick soak ones. Prepare your vegetables in readiness.
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.


  1. gorgeous soup recipe... we cleared out our fridge on the 28th because we knew we were coming away so I am actually going to be coming home to a clean fridge but I gave most of the left-overs away to the neighbour, which was quite a freeing experience... x

  2. Yummy, I have a few bags of ham stock in the freezer and some ham left in the fridge, also a packet of dried yellow split peas in the cupboard. That's my food for the weekend sorted then!

  3. No more ham left now but will bear this recipe in mind for the future.

  4. I know this soup will taste amazing as we too baked our own ham and the stock for soup was out of this world:-) I've never used dried peas but you've inspired me now so I shall pick some up when next at the supermarket. Thank you for entering the first ever Credit Crunch Munch!


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