Slow cooked pea & ham soup ...
We are in the middle of winter, and it is bloody cold! I find myself always wanting to eat comfort food when it is cold outside in the hope it will warm me up, but it usually just grows my natural winter coat. But this recipe is the best of both worlds - it is healthy but also hearty enough for those cold winter days. Not only that, it is cheap, easy and tasty too. Serves - 6 (great for lunch and can be kept in the freezer)
Cooking time - 5 - 10 hours (you can put it on before work and have it ready for dinner)
What you need:
- 500g of frozen peas
What you need to do:
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium to high heat. Cook onion, celery, garlic and potatoes for 3-5 minutes until they are softened. Place into into the slow cooker.
Add ham hock, stock, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Close the lid and cook for 5 hours on high or 10 hours on low.
20 mins before finishing remind the hock Remove hock from the soup and discard rind and bone. Shred ham, returning half to the cooker and leave the other half out. Run the peas under hot water, leave 1 cup out and the rest of them into the slow cooker.
Get a hand held processor and blend the soup in the slow cooker. Then place remaining ham and peas to the soup to make it more rustic and chunky. Alternatively, you can blend the whole lot!
- Let the soup cook another another 15-20 mins on high and then serve, seasoning to your liking.