RECIPE: 15-Minute Pea and Ham Soup


People often assume that making a soup takes a lot of preparation and that the ingredients take a long time to cook to get a decent flavour. However, there are ways that you can make a quick soup in under ten minutes without resorting to making a soup from a packet. This really simple pea and ham soup takes less than fifteen minutes to make and is a fantastic way of using up your leftover ham and ham stock. This is a light lunch on its own or a hearty lunch when served with a large chunk of warm bread. If the measurements of this recipe seem a bit vague, that is because they intentionally are as you can adapt this to your own taste. This will make enough for two bowls of soup. If you have more ham and stock left, simply make more and freeze for a later date. Here is how to make a 15-minute pea and ham soup.

Ingredients for Pea and Ham Soup

  • 2 tins of garden peas in water
  • 2 thick slices of leftover ham chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of ham stock
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 oz (large knob) butter
  • Black pepper

Instructions for Pea and Ham Soup

  1. On a medium heat, melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped onions.
  2. Drain two tins of garden peas.
  3. Once onions are softened, add peas to the pan and add enough boiling water to just cover the peas.
  4. Simmer for two minutes and then add the ham stock.
  5. Cook for a further two minutes before adding most of the cream and black pepper to season. Save a little cream for serving.
  6. Blend the ingredients in a blender to the consistency you want and then transfer back into the pan.
  7. Add the ham and cook for another two minutes to warm through the meat. 
  8. Transfer the soup to bowls and add a swirl of cream for decoration.
  9. Serve with warm crusty bread or croutons.

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