Easy and Quick Pea and Ham Soup

pea and ham soup - photo by simon c bennett photographer

I don’t often tell anyone that my recipes are easy and quick – largely because I believe a lot of the best food is something which has had a bit of time spent on it. That said, there are exceptions and this recipe is one of them.

I large onion
1 large potato
1l ham stock
Small handful of mint to chop
500g petits pois
200g diced smoked ham
4 tblspns of creme fraiche
pea and ham soup

Dice the onion and soften in a saucepan in a knob of butter. Add the potato and pour over the stock. I sometimes use a 50/50 mix with water to dilute the saltiness if the stock is very salty. Simmer the onion till soft.
pea and ham soup

Meanwhile chop the mint finely and add to the peas.

Once the onions and potato are soft add the peas and boil for a couple of minutes.
In the meantime get your blender out and plug it in! I used a hand blender which I just stuck in the soup!
pea and ham soup

Pulverize the peas, onions and potato and add four tablespoons of creme fraiche and stir in.
pea and ham soup

Pour into the bowls required, add some chopped mint and some diced ham. If you’re feeling naughty then another dollop of creme fraiche as it never hurt the postman. Mind you my postman has a nasty habit of leaving “we called and you were out” cards even when I’m in and I can tell you that irritates the vajazzle out of me!

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