Friday, January 15, 2010

Pea And Ham Soup



Soup diet day 2 and I am already out of ideas but the tummies did vaguely mentioned pea and ham soup, pea and ham soup we are getting tonight then. I must admit I have never made this before but I roughly know what should be going into the pot, besides it has to be light and broth like so a regular recipe might not work for us. Apart from having a little trouble getting the smoked ham hock; it was a breeze making this soup, we are all very pleased with the end result and decided this lighter version of pea and ham soup is blog worthy! It is light and very flavoursome not to mention the most amazing colour of the soup itself.
P.S Add a few potatoes to get a thicker and heartier version!

serves 8
you'll need;
2 smoked ham hocks
2 carrots, chopped
4 celery sticks, chopped
2 onions, chopped
500g of green split pea, soaked for at least 2 hours, drained
3 bay leaves
1/2 tbs of black peppercorns
salt and pepper to taste
5 l of water

Boil ham hock for 1.5 to 2 hours til tender; remove from the pot and when they are cool enough to handle, discharge skin and bones and roughly flake the meat. Strain the cooking liquid and remove the excess fat.

In another pot, fry chopped vegetables with olive oil til soften then pour in the strained stock and soaked peas. simmer for about an hour.

Blend everything til smooth and check for seasonings. Remember the stock is fairly salty from cooking the ham hock so be easy on the salt.

Ladle soup into a bowl and top with some flaked ham and garnish with some celery heart.

39 comments:

  1. I like very much these post about soups!!!!
    Smooth and light!!!! Nice recipe.

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  2. Oh boy, this looks terribly delicious and such a comforting meal as well! Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers.

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  3. You are really on a soup diet! Again this looks so pretty, I decided I'll follow your soup diet as well!

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  4. อร่อย มาก! ระยะ เวลา เป็น อาหาร ซุป ของ คุณ?

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  5. Wonderful soup...you inspire me to get on a soup diet..

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  6. WOW! This is perfect soup. Wonder smoked ham hock is 金华火腿?

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  7. Matteo,
    Thank you very much! We are on a diet so it needs to to light :)

    My Little Space ,
    Thank you! You have a nice weekend too :)

    KL girl in MELB,
    Yes I think so haha! Thank you and you really should!

    muu :)
    ขอบคุณ มาก! อาจ จะ หนึ่ง สัปดาห์!

    Nostalgia,
    Thank you! it is really nice and I am sleeping much better!

    Anncoo,
    Thank you :) It is not 金華火腿 but normal 熏火腿 from the deli :)

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  8. Looking at this dish I'm very tempted to go on a soup diet too! Can I request Tom Yam?

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  9. Wow, I admire your commitment to living on soup alone :) This soup really has such a beautiful colour. And ham hock is so tasty in soup, yum!

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  10. I haven't had pea and ham soup in so long. Sounds good. Love your photos, as always!

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  11. It's a parfait soupe
    Love your photos.
    See soon.

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  12. ta soupe a vraiment une belle couleur à tester bientôt
    bonne journée

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  13. Mmm it sure looks good! You are able to make it so delicate, well done!

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  14. Lovely photos and I bet the soup is equally delicious! I have never thought of having a soup diet in the middle of summer but the way you making it lighter certainly is working!

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  15. My children will love you dearly for this. They will probably go for a few helpings each. Great with crusty bread.

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  16. Mmmm... looks so creamy and wonderful! I need to make this for sure!

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  17. Terrific...Awesome clicks too..esp the first one :-)

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  18. Love all the soups that is very tasty!Lve the combination of ingrdients.
    GREAT!!!!!! pics. Good for you!
    have a lovely weekend!
    huge hugs

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  19. This soup is just so right for this time...looks absolutely delicious, very tasty and so pretty :-)
    By the way, thank you so much for stopping by my site!

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  20. Wow what a visual treat...Wonderful soup!! I would love to have some...:)

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  21. I just love your photos! It really make me want this soup!!!

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  22. BIBI,
    Thanks! haha! coming soon!

    Shaz,
    Thank you! It not easy but will just try for a week :)

    Michael,
    Thanks! :) You must have some soon!

    Saveurs et Gourmandises,
    Thank you!
    See you soon!

    Aux délices des gourmets,
    J'espère que vous allez l'essayer!
    Merci beaucoup

    Wan,
    Thank you! I just make it lighter but the flavour is still there :)

    CW,
    Thank you! I think it is possible as long as the soup is not too heavy!

    Mary,
    Thanks! We did have a second helping :) Bread will be good with this!

    5 Star Foodie,
    Thank you! Please do!

    Gulmohar,
    THank you! That is my favourite too :)

    Betty,
    THank you :)
    You have a great weekend too!

    Juliana,
    Thanks :)

    kothiyavunu,
    Thank you! Be sure to make some :)

    Lyndsey,
    Thank you very much! Let me know if you are making some!

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  23. Hey 3HT. Lovely looking pea soup. Your version could probably beat the one we had at Maison Boulud in Beijing !

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  24. oh wow another great soup out of the 3 hungry tummies kitchen!

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  25. I sure am tempted to follow you on the soup diet! Great photos!

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  26. Oh I like this light and elegant version of your take on pea and ham soup! Can't wait to see other soups you'll be cooking!

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  27. CW,
    Oh thank you! It can't be that bad? :)

    Rebecca,
    Thank you very much!

    Tricia,
    Thank you and please do! :)

    love to eat,
    Thank you for the compliments! Really? :)

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  28. You have a soup diet day? I have soup days too! and simply love it.

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  29. This looks like a lovely soup. I love how the ham adds a nice smokey flavor.

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  30. You really are on a soup diet! :) Great work for making pea and ham soup looks rather sexy!

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  31. You on a soup diet? You got to be kidding!! :)
    We are finally your followers haha! It is a lot easier to sign on than I first thought.
    V+S xxx

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  32. Harriet from CarltonJanuary 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Good work! Your version of pea and ham is looking very good here! Loving the first photo!

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  33. Bravo! Our favourite soup! Never looked this good though haha!

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  34. The soup looks tasty, and pics are sharp. Must smell yummy too!

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  35. 賣像十分好,一定很美味!

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  36. YUM! I adore pea and ham soup but have never made it. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

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  37. thank you everyone for your comments!
    Vijay, have you guys got a kronan as well? xxx

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  38. pigpigscorner ,
    Thank you! You should make some, great for very cold nights in :)

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