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Pea Soup with Ham

Pea Soup with Ham

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First Spring crop of sweet English peas turned into a light and creamy soup with smoky ham.  This is my skinny version as I omitted cream as well as butter.  You can enjoy two bowls of this creamy Pea Soup with Ham.

Pea Soup with Ham

We hate canned peas.  We hate over cooked peas.  We LOVE fresh, crisp and sweet English peas.  I can always tell when Spring has officially arrived as I find English peas, favas and sweet strawberries in the market.  Laudalino and I both love split pea soup but at times it can get clumpy and gooey;  not when you use fresh sweet peas!  I had intentionally saved some of the ham just for this soup recipe.  As we are big texture people, this particular recipe only purees half of the peas and the remainder is added along with the ham right before serving.

This recipe is simple and fast and the end result is very good!

Yield: 4 servings

Pea Soup with Ham

Pea Soup with Ham

This flavorful pea soup with ham is made with leftover holiday ham as well as some of the pods from shelling peas.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 cups of fresh shelled English peas or frozen peas
  • 1 cup of the pods from the peas - picked over, use the ones that are near perfect, remove the ends. (skip these if you use frozen peas)
  • 1 shallot, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken stock or veggie stock
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 cup ham, cubed


    Heat olive oil in a large pot, and add garlic, pea pods, and shallot.  Cook for about 3 minutes.

    Add 2 cups of the fresh peas and the stock.

    Season with salt and pepper.

    Cook for 30 minutes.

    Remove from heat and puree until smooth in a blender or food processor.  Return to pan, add the remainder of the peas and the ham.

    Return to heat and warm for about 5 minutes.




If you are making when peas are out of season use frozen instead.

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Saturday 5th of March 2016

This turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing.


Saturday 12th of March 2016

Thanks Chris! It really is a great spring time soup recipe. Glad you enjoyed.


Monday 27th of April 2009

It's all about texture and taste! You cover both bases with this recipe. Looks delish!

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