Pea and ham soup is a comforting classic, perfect for those cold winter evenings. Time to get the slow cooker out and make one of the easiest recipes we’ve ever shared. It only uses 5 ingredients!
This recipe is made in two parts: first slow cooking and shredding the ham, and second making the soup. We recommend using a smoked gammon joint for this recipe for extra flavour. Our recipe uses only 300g of ham, but most gammon joints are larger – so if you cook a whole gammon joint, you’ll have some yummy leftovers -perfect for sandwiches later in the week!
Slow cooking the ham is as simple as covering it in water and putting half an onion in the slow cooker with it. After slow cooking the ham, making the soup is just a case of blending frozen peas, mint, garlic and leftover onion with liquid from the slow cooker. Use a hand blender to do this, in an open container. Never blend hot liquid in a sealed container like a nutribullet – otherwise it could explode! Blend until smooth and add more or less liquid depending on your thickness preference.
Add plenty of ham to each bowl of soup and serve with slices of thick crusty bread.
Pea and Slow Cooker Ham Soup
- Slow Cooker
- Hand blender or food processor
- 300 g Smoked gammon joint Most joints are much larger, so you'll have lots of yummy leftover ham!
- 750 g Frozen peas
- 1 Onion
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 25 g Fresh Mint
- Pinch Salt
- Pinch Black pepper
- Place the gammon in the slow cooker and cover with fresh water. Place half and onion in the slow cooker too (and save the other half).
- Cook the gammon on low for 7-8 hours. Discard the onion, but save the liquid, and shred the desired amount of gammon.
- Blend the peas, mint, garlic, the other onion half, and 550ml of the liquid from the slow cooker. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. (Be very careful blending hot liquid. If you use something sealed like a nutribullet it’s better to wait for the liquid to cool slightly or it could explode!) Add more liquid if you prefer a thinner soup.
- Serve up the soup and add plenty of shredded gammon to the bowl,