Recipe For Pea And Ham Soup

Perfect pea soup with Parma ham - Extracted from Food For Your Brood by Sam Gates (Struik Lifestyle)
Perfect pea soup with Parma ham – Extracted from Food For Your Brood by Sam Gates (Struik Lifestyle)

Soup to me is an easy meal, the dish I prepare when I am exhausted, or when we have got home late. Dave and I have a fairly active social life, but we tend not to have two late nights in a row if we can help it. The alarm goes off at a quarter to six during the week for work, and a late morning on the weekend means we sleep in until seven. This seldom happens as I am usually awake by five most mornings. Because we wake up so early, ten pm is bed time. I read before we go to sleep unless I cannot keep my eyes open, but by half past ten the lights are off. A while back our normality was shattered. We started off the whirlwind with a braai in Cape Town with friends on a Saturday. This was followed by dinner out on the Wednesday at Waterkloof and supper at friends on the Thursday. On the Friday I made a simple lunch for house guests and then that night I had 8 people for dinner at my house. Saturday we went wine tasting in the afternoon, and then out for dinner. The Sunday started off with wine tasting and then lunch, before Sunday dinner for 6 of us. Monday lunch time we ate out and by Monday night I was ready for sleep! But, my social life was not in agreement and Tuesday night we had dinner at a friend followed by dinner for 6 at our house the next night. My friends were here from London and I let them sleep in while I kept their kids busy in front of the TV. We had breakfast at our house and then lunch out. That night Dave and I went to Cape Town so that I could play travel agent and Dave could discuss business. We followed our meetings with dinner out and it was a late night. This however was not the end! We were meant to meet a friend for dinner on the Friday night, and despite both of us barely being able to keep our eyes open, we went to the restaurant. Sadly, he was unable to join us, and we had a very quick meal. The following day was hectic and we got home and we both collapsed on the couch with a bowl of pea and ham soup. It is so easy to make and as I always have bacon in my fridge and peas in my freezer this will easily become a quick fix meal.

Pea And Ham Soup
Pea And Ham Soup

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Pea And Ham Soup
 
Soup is the best comfort food and this easy to make soup will keep you warm during winter
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Ingredients
  • 4 slices Parma ham
  • 30g butter
  • 1 onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced
  • 500g frozen peas
  • Small handful of basil leaves
  • 750mls hot chicken stock
  • 100ml fresh cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
Method
  1. Place the ham into a large sauce pan and fry until crispy
  2. Remove and set aside
  3. Place the butter into the same sauce pan and allow to melt
  4. Add the onions, and sauté over a low temperature until soft
  5. Add the peas, basil and stock
  6. Bring to the boil, reduce the temperature and simmer gently for 5 minutes
  7. Remove from the heat and add the ham
  8. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth
  9. Add the cream and return to the heat on a medium temperature
  10. When warmed through add your seasoning and serve

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Food for Your Brood
Food for Your Brood

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa and this recipe formed part of the review and is published with permission. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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37 thoughts on “Recipe For Pea And Ham Soup

  1. Wow that is quite the social agenda for the week. I think I might need the work week to rest up from that… LOL I love a good cozy split pea and ham soup, perfect social agenda over scheduling recovery meal.

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    1. Absolutely Bobbi 🙂

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  2. Love this soup, Tandy! Pea and ham soup is one of my favourites. I love idea of the crispy parma ham! Yum.

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    1. Thanks Jess 🙂

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  3. We are MAJOR soup eaters at our house. I need to venture away from my standard legume – red lentils – and give split peas an adequate try. Looks delicious!

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    1. I have not had a red lentil soup in ages Cali 🙂

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  4. This soup looks delicious. I haven’t had a pea and ham soup before. Something new for me to try.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

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  5. This soup looks delicious. I haven’t had a pea and ham soup before.

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  6. I also don’t like two nights out in a row or going out too much in one week as it can be exhausting. Especially as after a dinner you need to write up the restaurant review. I love the colour of this pea soup Tandy 😀
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    1. I should totally write my reviews straight after a meal, but I am not much of a night owl 🙂

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  7. I sleep early and wake up early too, and would gladly eat this soup for dinner any night!

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    1. We are much the same then Bianca 🙂

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  8. Soup is comfort food for me too. I love the bright color–looks so delicious!!

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    1. Thanks Mary Frances 🙂

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  9. This pea soup looks delicious. A late morning is 7 for us as well =)

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    1. I am sure that is because you have little children 😉

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  10. I’m not a huge fan of soup but pea and ham is definately a favourite! Thanks for the reminder to get some frozen peas. We’re in for some nasty weather this week xx

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    1. How nasty is this weather? I have parsnip soup on the go for tonight 🙂

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  11. I would love collapsing on the couch and having a bowl of this spit pea soup. It has always been one of my faves!
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    1. Mine too 🙂

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  12. Love pea and ham soup and this one certainly looks delicious!
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    1. Thanks Rachel 🙂

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  13. I love ham and pea soup! This looks terrific.

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    1. Thanks Pam 🙂

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  14. Wow Tandy, I got tired just reading about your week……the soup looks delicious. Always nice to have a quick recipe up your sleeve for times like this.
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    1. For sure 🙂

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  15. I love soup because of the ease of preparation but also because of the opportunity to eat from a warm bowl- pea soup is a favorite

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    1. I also love warming my hands in winter on a bowl of soup 🙂

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  16. Your cream of pea soup sounds good, especially with the addition of the basil.

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    1. Thanks Karen 🙂

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  17. Your life has been a bit of a whirlwind! Gorgeous soup and love that I have all the ingredients to hand.

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    1. That is what makes it an easy recipe 🙂

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  18. Love pea and ham soup, minus the peas. LOL! Peas and me, we aint friends.
    Gorgeous picture Tandy. Hope you had a rippa weekend. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha, I shall have to think of a good variant for your ‘pea’ soup 🙂

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  19. Haven’t had a good pea and ham soup for the longest time.
    Have a beautiful Monday Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. This one is worth trying 🙂

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