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Cook's Companion Pea and Ham Soup

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Serves: 8

  • 2 cups green split peas (or yellow)
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 2 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 18 ounces ham hocks (or bacon bones)
  • 5¼ pints cold water
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • freshly ground pepper


Cook's Companion Pea and Ham Soup is a community recipe submitted by Coby and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  1. Put all ingredients into a large pot and bring slowly to the simmer. Set lid ajar and simmer for about 1 and a half hours, or until peas are tender.
  2. Remove hock or bones. Discard bones, reserve hock.
  3. Puree soup in a food processor or blender *, and adjust seasoning. If the soup is too thick, add water.
  4. Discard skin of hock *** then dice meat and return to soup. Reheat and serve with sippets ** if desired.

Additional Information

It can be quite nice to reserve some of the peas to add a textural contrast, rather than processing the lot.

** Sippets are small cubes of bread fried crisp in olive oil - lol croutons by another name I guess :)

*** Not to everyone's taste, but we will often cut some of the skin very finely and also add this to the soup - your call.

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  • Yum! Made this today in the slow cooker while I was at work.

    Posted by AmandasKitchen on 8th June 2011
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