Pea and Ham Soup

Hello Dear Reader,

Winter means soups and, for me, the king of soups is Pea and Ham. I use a locally cured Ham Hock from our Butcher and good old Australian McKenzie's green split peas. Pea and Ham soup hardly needs a recipe but here is one anyway.

Ingredients for Pea and Ham soup, I forgot to put the garlic cloves in the photo
Rinse split peas until water runs clear
Chop onion finely
Mince or grate garlic on a microplane
Chop the celery 
And the carrot
Sauté  onions, garlic, carrot  and celery until softened, don't let it colour
2 Bay leaves and Thyme adds more flavour. As you can see my Thyme is really struggling at the moment, this tiny amount was all I could pick
Add all ingredient to the bowl of a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove ham hock and remove and shred meat, return hock meat to soup and heat through

Delicious and warming Pea and Ham soup


1 ham hock weighing approximately 1 kg

500 grams green split peas

2 tablespoon oil

2 onions, chopped finely

2 cloves of garlic, grated on a microplane

2 carrots, chopped finely

3 stalks celery, you guessed it, chopped finely

4 sprigs of fresh Thyme

2 bay leaves

2 litres of water


Rinse split peas under cold water until water runs clear, drain well

Heat oil in a heavy based frypan and saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery until softened. Place veggies into the bowl of the slow cooker

Add rinsed and drained peas, ham hock and herbs to slow cooker bowl and cover with water

Cook on low for 8 hours, remove ham hock and remove meat from bone and shred into chunks

Return meat to slow cooker

Season soup with salt and pepper

Enjoy this robust and warming 

So. tell me, do you add a twist to pea and ham soup? or do you stick with the original?


  1. Hi Fiona, Pea & Ham is a good old favourite soup here too. I made a nice ham hock, vege & barley soup last night, so hearty & warming! I have been meaning to ask you if you would mind sharing your curried pumpkin/curry & coconut pumpkin soup recipe here? Each time you have mentioned making it I have been intrigued, sounds like a delicious twist to plain pumpkin soup. Have a great day, Kelly :)

  2. Hi Kelly,
    Yes it is a delicious soup and super easy, I will post the recipe soon, but all it is, is this - onion, garlic and ginger - sautéed, then add a good curry powder (about 2 to 3 tablespoon) sauté again, add pumpkin and mix to cover in spice mix, add 4 cups chicken stock and let bubble away till pumpkin is cooked. Blitz till smooth and add a can of coconut milk. Sprinkle over chopped coriander and a good dollop of sour cream or greek yoghurt. YUM

  3. I love browsing through all the delicious food you cook, Fiona. I made a Ham and Vegetable Soup recently and it's been lovely warming it up to eat during the cold snap we've been having. Pea and Ham Soup is my favourite soup in the whole world as my Mum used to make it for us when we were young.

  4. Isn't it amazing, when you eat food that your mum used to make, how it takes you back in time. Mum used to make ham bone ( bacon bones) and vege soup, so delicious, I can still remember the aroma of it cooking, and eating it with fresh bread and lashings of butter.


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