Green pea and ham soup from A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories by April Bloomfield

  • bay leaves
  • carrots
  • celery
  • crème fraîche
  • mint
  • Spanish onions
  • frozen peas
  • smoked ham hocks
  • Maldon salt

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Notes about this recipe

  • metacritic on February 28, 2022

    This recipe is an all-time great, as far as I'm concerned. It is dead easy, though the smoked shank cooks for 4-5 hours, so patience is required. In any event, the finished dish is bright with peas and mint and floating pieces of carrot, savory from the ham broth, and spiked with porcine goodness. The creme fraiche is required as it might be the best part of the whole dish.

  • e_ballad on September 24, 2017

    Before embarking: this takes 5-6 HOURS to prepare. Yep. Also, the saltiness of your stock from your ham hock is what you're stuck with - mine were very salty, so to avoid diluting the flavour, I had to resort to the old raw potato trick. It was very nice, but for all the effort spent, I'll be going to other pea & ham soup recipes.

  • wcassity on January 10, 2015

    A big success. Really delicious and satisfying. I made the broth in the slow cooker with the bone and a few chunks of the meat left over from our Christmas ham. It then took just 30 min or so to come together when I got home.

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