Tested till perfect Classic Pea Soup with Ham

Classic Pea Soup with Ham

This flavourful, chunky yet smooth soup simmers away when you're relaxing around the house. If you cook a bone-in ham, save the bone for this soup instead of the smoked hock.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: February 2007

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8


    1 smoked ham_hock (about 1 lb/500 g)
    1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable_oil
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    2 each carrots and stalks celery, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 bay leaves
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
    4 cups (1 L) sodium-reduced chicken stock
    2 cups (500 mL) dry green or yellow split_peas
    3 green_onions, thinly sliced
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Using paring knife, peel off and discard skin from ham hock. Trim off and discard fat. Set aside.

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat; fry onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper and ham hock, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add stock, peas and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil over medium-high heat, skimming off any foam. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until peas break down and meat is tender enough to fall off hock, about 1-3/4 hours.

Remove ham hock; pull off and shred meat. Set meat aside. Discard ham bone and bay leaves. In blender, puree half of the soup; return to pot along with meat. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to container and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat to serve.) Ladle into bowls; garnish with green onions.

Additional information : Tip: After removing the ham hock, you can also use an immersion blender to blend soup to half chunky stage while still in the pot.

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Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 232 pro 16g total fat 3g sat. fat 0
carb 36g fibre 5g chol 6mg sodium 594mg

% RDI:

calcium 4 iron 17 vit A 46 vit C 8
folate 49
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