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Pea and Ham Soup with Chilli and Cumin

Spiced Ham and Pea Soup

  • Heat Mild
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 12 hrs
  • Cook 5 hrs
Pea and Ham Soup with Chilli and Cumin

Ham and pea soup is one of my favourite soups so I thought I'd spice it up a little and this is just as good.

Hari says

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.

  • Ingredients
  • Method

Ham stock

  • 1 ham knuckle, or cured ham hock
  • 1 celery stick, roughlt chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 250g dried green split peas
  • 2 celery sticks, 
  • 1 onion,
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, ground
  • Handful frozen green peas


  1. Soak the ham hock in water overnight. Discard the water.
  2. Put it into a deep pan and cover completely with fresh cold water. Bring to the boil then simmer gently. You may need to skim the surface of the liquid.
  3. Add the celery stick, onion, carrot and bay leaf to the ham.
  4. Cook this for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Top with more water as and when required.
  5. Remove the ham from the water and leave it to cool. Strain the cooking liquid through a sieve and save 2L to use as the stock for the soup. I usually freeze the extra stock.
  6. Chop the onion and celery so it's nice and fine (you can use a blender).
  7. Heat a large pan and add the butter.
  8. Add 1tsp of cumin seeds until fragrant and then add the celery and onion mixture.
  9. Sweat for 4–5 minutes and add the garlic and chopped green chilli. Stir for a minute or two but do not let it colour.
  10. Add the green split peas and stir through for another 2–3 minutes.
  11. Pour in the strained ham stock and another bay leaf and a twist of black pepper.
  12. Bring it to the boil, then leave to simmer for 2 hours and 30 minutes until the peas are fully cooked through. I also like to add a handful of frozen green peas halfway through.
  13. Blitz with a hand blender to create a smooth soup.
  14. Once the ham has cooled shred the meat and mix it into the soup. Save some to sprinkle on top when serving too.

Served with

You can add a little cream to serve the soup.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)2.00
of which saturates (g)0.00
Carbohydrates (g)30.00
of which sugars (g)10.00
Fibre (g)9.00
Protein (g)7.00
Salt (mg)0.091
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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