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If you have ever cooked a ham then I urge you to keep the stock and use it to make this soup. Pea and ham soup is one of my favourites, it's so warming and vibrant but is very much an old school soup that many of us don't make any more. It does require a little planning and a long cooking time but it is relatively easy and cheap to make. If you want to shorten the cooking time you can also make this in a pressure cooker or you can cook it low and slow in a slow cooker as well.
Ham hock is a cheap cut that you can get from your butcher or you can use a cured ham joint. These cuts are very salty so I would encourage you to soak them in cold water overnight before cooking them.
Dried peas can be bought from the supermarket and again are very inexpensive. I like to add some frozen green peas too as it helps with the colour of the dish. I have also known this soup to be cooked with split chickpeas as well.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
You can add a little cream to serve the soup.
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