Soup No 1: Pea and Ham Soup
Daniel loves pea and ham soup, for the last ten years Daniel has told me every time I buy him canned soup “Make sure it is pea and ham”.
So for our first soup I decided to make it for him, even though I am not a fan. I used a recipe from this cook book.
500g green split peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 ham hock (1kg)
2 medium carrots, chopped finely
2 stalks celery, trimmed, chopped finely
4 fresh thyme springs
2 bay leaves
2 litres (8 cups) water
- Rinse peas under cold water until water runs clear; drain
- Heat oil in large frying pan, cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Place onion mixture in 4.5 Litre slow cooker, stir in peas and remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, on low, 8 hours
- Remove ham from cooker. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone, shred coarsely, and return meat to slow cooker, Discard skin, fat and bone. Season soup to taste
Serve topped with coarsely chopped mint leaves thinly sliced green onions and greek-style yogurt (I did not do this part)
Pea and Ham soup will never be my favourite soup, however, I have to say this was the best pea and ham soup I have ever had. Dan and I are looking forward to trying this one again, but with a little bit more ham hock, mine weighed under a kilo and I also think next time I will add those mint leaves, green onions and greek-style yogurt, but it was definitely the perfect dinner for a cold winter’s night.