It’s cold outside. It’s raining and it’s the perfect day for snuggling up indoors. On these days, I love to make soup. Homemade soup is cheap, nourishing and soothing to make. It makes such a tasty lunch, too.
One of my favourite soup recipes is pea and ham. It’s so easy to make and takes around half an hour from cupboard to table. I use frozen peas as I love their flavour and colour. This recipe is a great one to make at this time of year, as the ingredients are very easy to source – if you don’t have them, you can most likely pick them up at the corner shop.
Here is my recipe:
Pea and ham soup
Serves 4 generously
1 small white onion, chopped fairly finely
500g frozen peas
800ml hot vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
4 tbsp full-fat yoghurt
100g excellent quality thick ham, shredded
1) Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook gently over a moderate heat for 5-10 minutes until the onion is softened, slightly translucent but not browned.
2) Add the peas and stir well, followed by the stock, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Stir again and leave to bubble away for 10 minutes until the peas are tender
3) Remove the bay leaf and blend the soup until smooth using a blender or a stick blender
4) Add the cream, crème fraîche or full-fat yoghurt, whatever you are using and stir well.
5) Taste the soup to check the seasoning and serve immediately with the ham on top. Any leftover soup freezes well in individual portions