Pea and Ham Soup

This Pea and Ham Soup is tasty, hearty and filling, and so easy to make.

This Winter I’d really been craving soup and all it’s healing power as I had been battling the most annoying (and badly timed) head cold.

But I don’t get to make soup for the whole family all that often, because my son doesn’t like soup.

Isn’t it interesting how as mums, we tend to push our own needs to the side, in so many little ways without even realising we’re doing it.

But I digress …

So, when thinking of a soup I could make which might appeal to said child’s tastes, Pea and Ham soup sprang to mind.

When I broke the news to him that it would be soup for dinner, it was insisted upon that I make garlic bread to go with it, given the sacrifice he was making : )

And guess what?

That was the first time he happily polished off an entire bowl of soup! Acknowledging this himself!

Now I know the soup looks a bit orange for a Pea and Ham soup, but of course I’m always adding extra vegetables wherever I can, and in this case it was carrot.

This soup is perfect for dinner, be sure to make double to pack to take to work or school for lunch.

I’m often asked how to keep the food hot until lunchtime.

Well, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Boil the kettle and then pour the water into the thermoses, be sure to pop the lids on
  2. Heat up the food
  3. Pour out the hot water  add the warmed up food into the container,  then pop the lid on immediately.

Here are my fave insulated jars which have lasted me years:

Lunchbots Insulated Stainless Steel Container 470ml 16oz
In these containers I pack soups, pastas, any hot meals and also cold salads.

Goodbyn Insulated Food Jar 12oz 350ml – Blue
I like this smaller size option to keep things cool like yoghurt, granola and fruit, overnight oats or to keep things warm like the chicken nuggets or smaller serves of things like soup, stew, pasta.

If you’re looking for more lunch inspiration, take a look at my new recipe ebook,  Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes. It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved!

There’s even a delicious recipe for Kale and Cannelleni Bean Minestrone which my kids love taking to school in their insulated container

Pea and Ham Soup

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8


  • 500 grams green split peas
  • Sea salt
  • Warm filtered water
  • Yoghurt 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery sticks diced
  • 1 potato or sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 kilo ham hock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups water
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  • Soak the split peas in warm filtered water, sea salt and yoghurt for 6-8 hrs then rinse well.
  • Heat oil on medium heat in a large pot and saute onion for a few minutes until the soften up
  • Add garlic, carrot, celery and potato and sweat with the lid on for 5 minutes
  • Pop in ham hock, chicken stock, water, split peas, bay leaf, sea salt and pepper and bring to boil
  • Turn heat down, cover and simmer for around 2 hours or until peas are cooked and soup has thickened.
  • Using tongs, remove hock and remove skin and fat and chop up the ham to use to top the soup.
  • Blend remaining soup to your preferred consistency.
  • Serve in bowls topped with chopped ham.
  • Serve with garlic bread


This recipe can be frozen.
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For more nourishing and soothing recipes, check out my soup round up, 7 Soup Recipes To Soothe the Soul. 

Bren x

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  1. Michelle

    Hi Brenda,
    This sounds delicious, I love a good pea and ham soup. Just wondering how much yoghurt to add to step 1 as this is missing from the ingredients list?

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