Recipe video above. This is a fabulous "throw it all in the slow cooker" soup. There's no need to cook the onion separately - it "sautés" itself in the fat from the ham that rises to the surface. Thick, hearty soup broth infused with incredible flavour from the ham! Use leftover ham bone, or purchase a ham hock.
Course: Mains, Soup
Keyword: ham bone recipe, ham hock, Pea and ham soup, slow cooker soup, split pea soup
Servings: 6- 8
500g / 1lbdried split peas(Note 1)
1.2-1.5kg / 2.4-5lbham hock (aka ham bone), bacon hock or MEATY leftover ham bone(Note 2)
1/4tspsalt(start with less, adjust later)
2garlic cloves, minced
2bay leaves, dried or fresh
1onion, finely chopped
1carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2celery sticks, finely chopped
8 cups (2 litres/qts) water
Garnishes / serving:
Parsley, finely chopped
Crusty bread for dunking!
Place peas in slow cooker, push ham in. Scatter all ingredients around the ham bone, then pour over water.
Slow cook 8 to 10 hours on LOW or 6 hours on HIGH. (Or 2.5 hours on low on stove, 1 h - 1 hr 20 min pressure cooker/Instant Pot on HIGH)
Remove ham bone, shred ham meat. Discard bone and fatty skin.
Remove bay leaves. Use a stick blender to blitz 2 or 3 times - thickens soup but doesn't make it completely smooth (my preference, you can blend completely if you want).
Return ham into slow cooker, stir. Taste and add more salt if needed (soup gets lots of salt from ham).
1. Split peas are dried peas which split in half during drying process. Smaller size means no soaking required. Doesn't taste like peas! It's quite a neutral flavour, a bit earthy, very much dominated by the savoury flavour imparted by the ham. Sold in packets should be clean ie picked through, and are fine to use without rinsing. But if I bought them at the markets out of sacks, then I would rinse.2. Ham bone - bacon and ham hocks can be purchased, over some deli counters or vac packed. They are great because they're intended for this purpose so they're super meaty and full of smokey flavour.If using LEFTOVER HAM BONE then make sure there's a decent amount of ham on it still because that's key to the flavour in this soup.If you can't find a hock at least 1kg/2lb OR if you leftover ham bone is really naked, then buy a chunk of ham, chop it into ~5cm/2" pieces and throw that in with the bone (to impart flavour into soup and for shredding later).If your soup is lacking in flavour due to the small size of your ham bone and you don't have extra ham, add in a sprinkle of chicken stock powder (chicken bouillon) to give it a flavour boost (I do this when I open a ham bone given to me by friends only find it's completely naked and devoid of meat!!).3. Storage - freezes 100% perfectly! I would freeze for 3 months to err on the side of caution, but I'm sure even longer is fine. Fridge for 4 to 5 days.4. Nutrition per serving. This is for a hearty sized bowl that will keep you full!