Pea And Ham Soup: A Hearty Delight

pea and ham soup
pea and ham soup

Pea and Ham Soup in a bowl with a side of toast, ready to be eaten

Pea and Ham Soup may not be the most visually appealing soup, but let me assure you, it is an absolute delight for the taste buds. This fabulous soup is effortless to make, especially when using a slow cooker. The rich broth infused with the flavors of ham hock will leave you craving more. Whether you have leftover Christmas ham bone or store-bought ham, this recipe is perfect for you. Let’s dive into the world of Pea and Ham Soup!

What Goes in Pea and Ham Soup

To make the perfect Pea and Ham Soup, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Green split peas: These dried peas are halved, making them cook faster without the need for soaking overnight. They absorb the flavors they are cooked in, which in this case is ham.
  • Water: No need for broth! The ham bone releases so much flavor that the water alone is enough to create a flavorful broth.

Pea and Ham Soup ingredients

The Ham Hock – Ham Bone

The ham hock, or ham bone, is the bone inside a leg of ham, left after carving off all the ham. It is already cooked and smoked. You can either use store-bought ham hocks or leftover ham bones, depending on availability. Just make sure the ham bone has plenty of meat to impart maximum flavor into the soup.

Where to Buy Ham Hocks

Store-bought ham hocks can be found at delis or in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, typically packaged with other ham products.

Make Sure It’s Meaty!

If your ham bone isn’t meaty enough, don’t worry. Simply add a hunk of ham to the soup to ensure a flavorful broth. This is especially necessary if your store-bought ham hock weighs less than 1 kg / 2lb.

Shredded ham bone meat for Pea and Ham Soup

Just Place Everything Into the Slow Cooker, Then Turn It On

No need to sauté the onion separately. In this recipe, the onion will “sauté” in the fatty ham broth, creating a flavorful base. The peas will become soft and creamy during the long cooking process. To achieve the desired texture, you can partially puree the soup using a handheld blender stick. This way, you’ll have a smooth, creamy broth with soft bits of peas and vegetables.

How Long to Cook Pea and Ham Soup

For the best results, slow cook the Pea and Ham Soup in the slow cooker for at least 8 hours, but 10 hours is even better (on low heat). The ham meat should easily fall off the bone and shred beautifully. This indicates that the soup has absorbed a ton of flavor from the ham bone.

Are Split Peas Good for You?

Absolutely! Split peas are high in fiber and protein, which can help reduce cholesterol. They are also low in fat. However, keep in mind that split peas are higher in carbohydrates, so be mindful of your intake if you’re following a low-carb diet.

Close up dunking bread into pea and ham soup

What to Serve with Pea and Ham Soup

A hunk of warm, crusty bread is perfect for dunking into this thick and satisfying soup. The bread adds an extra layer of indulgence to each bite. If you’re up for it, you can try making quick no-yeast Irish Soda Bread or yeast-free sandwich bread. Alternatively, you can elevate your soup experience with garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread.

Things to Dunk into Soup

If you’re looking to add some freshness to your meal, consider serving the soup with a refreshing cucumber salad or a French carrot salad with honey Dijon dressing. The contrasting textures and flavors will complement the soup beautifully.

FAQs

Q: Can I freeze Pea and Ham Soup?

Yes, Pea and Ham Soup freezes well. Make sure to cool it completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Q: Can I use other types of peas instead of split peas?

Yes, you can use other types of peas, such as whole peas or yellow split peas. However, the cooking time and texture may vary. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Conclusion

Pea and Ham Soup may not win any beauty contests, but it certainly wins over hearts with its incredible flavor and comforting warmth. This hearty soup is a satisfying meal on its own or paired with crusty bread. Don’t let its appearance fool you; one spoonful of Pea and Ham Soup, and you’ll be hooked! For more culinary delights and recipes, visit Takeout Food, your go-to resource for all things food.

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