It seems I have started a soup series, not intentionally but soup is delicious and it’s the perfect meal to warm you up in this weather so I guess it’s a good thing! Ok this is probably my favourite soup of all time, it’s kind of like pea and ham but the yellow peas make it so much better and it’s really simple.
375g yellow split peas
1.5-2l stock (chicken and/or vegetable)
2 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves
2-3 thyme stalks
180g pulled ham hock
salt & pepper
Finely chop the onion, garlic, leek and celery (you could also add carrots or potatoes). Add a good glug of olive oil to a large pot and fry all the chopped veggies with a few stalks of thyme. Once soft but not browned tip in the peas and cover with stock, bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for about an hour.
Once your peas are soft and tender add the cooked ham hock to warm up (this recipe is perfect for using up left over gammon or you can usually find already cooked ham hock in the deli meats section), season to taste and your soup is ready! Easy right? If your soup is really thick, almost like a stew just add more stock, unless you like it that way. Also if you prefer a smoother soup you can always use a hand-held blender before adding your ham hock.
In Vicky’s words ‘I think this is the best pea and ham soup I’ve ever had!’