Chunky Pea & Ham Soup - Recipes with Rich

There's nothing like a tasty chunky pea and ham soup to warm your bones of a winter's evening.


  • 300g split peas
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 carrots - chopped
  • 2 sticks celery - chopped
  • 1 brown onion - chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - crushed / chopped
  • 800g ham or bacon hocks
  • 2 litres water
  • Salt & pepper
  • Crusty bread rolls

The Recipe

  1. Rinse the split peas under cold running water until the water runs clear, then drain.
  2. Heat the oil in your soup saucepan adding the onion, garlic, carrot & celery to cook whilst stirring on a medium heat for 5 minutes or until onion softens.
  3. Add the split peas, hocks and water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a medium-low simmer. Cover for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until the hocks are tender and the meat is falling away from the bones. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Take the hocks from the pan and remove the meat from the bones. Coarsely chop the meat and return to the saucepan. *Make sure you get rid of all the bones and remove the skin.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. If you feel like crusty bread, place the bread rolls on a baking tray and add to a preheated oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with crusty bread rolls.
  7. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!