This is my quick version of Pea and Ham soup. My Nan made the most amazing pea and ham soup which i must write up, using ham hock. This is the quick version and we cook this a lot, my children cannot get enough of it, and i am always happy about that as i know they are getting lots of goodness! I bought my children up on soup from such a young age and it shows as they still adore soup now. It doesn’t matter what vegetables i put it it they eat it all up.
So you will need:
1 large white onion, chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 stick of celery, chopped
1 pack of bacon lardons
700g frozen peas
1 1/2 litres of chicken stock
2 medium of 1 very large peeled and chopped potato
1 clove of garlic, peeled and leave whole
small handful of fresh mint leaves
salt and pepper to taste
So this soup is again fairly easy to make and we don’t need to worry about our chopping skills again as we will blitz the soup after so just rough chopping is needed here.
1. So chop then onion, celery and peeled potato, along with the whole garlic and place in a large pan. Saute these with some sunflower oil. We do not want colour just softening as we do not want burnt bits on the veg, as nobody wants to see suspicious black bits floating in their soup!
2. Pop the lid on and leave for about 10 minutes on a low heat and stir every couple of minutes just to ensure it is not sticking, if it is add a little of bit of butter and oil to loosen and make sure its on a very low heat.
3. by now the veg should have softened and a nice aroma should have formed this is the base of your flavour. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Add your frozen peas and stir and add the lid and leave to simmer for 10 minutes. While this is happening fry of your bacon lardons in a little oil until there is just a little colour. I still like them soft and not crunchy.
3. The peas should be cooked now and remove from the heat and if the bacon is cooked do the same. Take your stick blender and blend the soup with a small handful of mint leaved and a good pinch of salt and pepper. when smooth taste and adjust where needed with your seasoning.
4. Add your bacon to the soup and stir round, leaving a couple of bacon bits to one side to garnish the top of your bowls with later with.
5. Serve and enjoy.