Easy Pea and Ham Soup

Bowl of pea and ham soup
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
539 Calories
34g Fat
20g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 539
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1506mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 36g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pea and Ham Soup is a  classic winter dish, ideal for warming you up on a chilly day. You simply boil some ham bones or a small ​hock with dried green peas, a few vegetables, and herbs -- it's that easy!

Pea and Ham Soup is hearty, delicious, and inexpensive, making it a popular choice for people on a budget. Serve this soup with sour dough bread and good butter for a simple but filling meal or as the first course for a more elaborate meal.

Pea and Ham soup keeps well in the fridge for three to four days. It will thicken significantly over time so simply add extra water and mix thoroughly to combine each time you reheat it.


  • 2 cups dried green peas
  • 18 ounces (500 grams) ham (or bacon) bones or smoked hock
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash dried peas, discarding any grit or odd looking peas.

  3. Rinse hock.

  4. Place water, peas and hock into a large pot.

  5. Add bay leaf, onion, carrot stick, celery, and garlic.

  6. Bring to boil then turn down to simmer for 90 minutes.

  7. Skim off the scum that rises to the surface every 20 minutes and discard.

  8. Top up soup with an extra half cup of water if desired.

  9. After 90 minutes, remove hock, discard skin and cut meat into large pieces before returning the meat to the pot. (If you are using ham bones then ignore this step.)

  10. Taste soup and add salt and pepper as desired before serving.


  • You can't really overcook this dish so don't worry too much about the cooking times. Simply add extra water if the soup is looking too thick.
  • The ham will add a lot of flavor to the soup so you'll probably find you need less salt than normal. Try half a teaspoon first and taste before adding more.
  • You may wish to blend the soup slightly using an immersion or stick blender -- remove meat and bones first -- for a smoother texture.
  • If you don't want to blend the soup you may wish to remove the carrot and celery before serving.