Sunday, 3 April 2016

Split Peas Soup - With and Without Ham

I make this soup both with and without ham. The Veggan version is just as tasty as the the one with ham. This is great with a crusty bread. If you make it with Yellow Peas, here in Canada its called French Canadian Pea Soup (I am not sure why). All the pictures are for soup I made last weekend and I took some to my sister along with the Ox Tail Soup.

Ingredients for the stock


In the pot


Next day, after the fat has been removed, just before adding the other ingredients

Peas, barley and the carrots are in the pot

Starting to simmer

After an hour



 Split Pea Soup

YIELD:7 servings
6 cups vegetable broth
8 cups water

1 ham bone/ham hock

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup chopped carrots

2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups dried green or yellow split peas, rinsed
2 cups dried green or yellow split peas, rinsed
I cup chopped carrots
I cup chopped carrots
½ cup barley
½ cup barley

The version without the ham takes approximately 70 minutes as you don’t have to make the stock.

Ham Stock:

  1. Add the water, ham bone, onion carrots, celery and garlic to a pot and simmer for 1-2 hours.
  2. Strain the veggies and ham from the stock and put in the fridge so the fat comes to top and can be removed.
  3. Dice the ham and add to the stock.



  1. In a large saucepan, combine the stock, peas spices, ham, carrots and barley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. If you prefer a smooth soup, at this point you can run it through a blender.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 10 minutes longer.

Yield: 7 servings.
One serving without ham, (1 cup) equals 170 calories. With Ham 240 calories

And for Supper ....

Spot Prawns with fresh Pasta

We have incredible prawns here on the west coast. My sister gave me some fresh Spot Prawns. I cooked some fresh pasta and made a stir fry with carrots, broccoli, red pepper, celery, onions, mushrooms and prawns. Tossed with fresh grated Asiago Cheese and a balsamic reduction.

(Nellie enjoyed the prawns, cheese and some of the pasta! Oh yes...she likes split pea soup with ham too!)



  1. Yum! This recipe sounds so delicious! We love split pea soup. :)

    Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you and Nellie!

    1. This is a great recipe, if you like pea soup and if you make it with stock and throw some diced ham in it, people would think you slaved for hours....instead of only an hour.

  2. Double yum!!! Nellie is obviously a furry discerning customer!! xx

  3. I love your ideas... I can't remember fresh prawns, we only have them frozen... but there is a difference between fresh and frozen I bet :o)

    1. I've made it with frozen - I love shrimp and eat it about once a week, tonight was garlic shrimp with a splash of pernod on ceasar salad.

  4. Sounds lovely. I would omit the celery as I really dislike the taste of it. If Ivor eats it raw, just the crunching noise makes me cringe.

  5. Truth be told...I am not fond of celery either, I only eat it when it's cooked, in soup and too small for me to tell its celery!
    You could leave it out - no problem.

  6. Tee-hee, Meowmy loves ceery, MOL!

    That pea soup reminded meowmy of her Mom...she often made pea soup...and a similar soup with big brown beans (not kidney beans, though you can substitute, the big brown ones are grown in the Netherlands...and that is what they are called, MOL!)

    Now she is hunkering fur some 'Bruine Boonen soup'.
    We used to get cans of the 'Habitant' yellow pea soup with ham, not available here, but in Canada and bring home a case or two when we were there...YUM! But no longer, not too healthy...sigh...

    Glad Nellie knows what good noms are:)

  7. That looks appetizing. We'll have some of what Nellie had and Jan can taste the pea soup.

    You're right, our post was too mulch funny. :)

  8. TW loves that the pea soup has barley for a complete protein. She usually serves her's over rice but this is better.


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