Pea and Ham Soup

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There is something hearty and filling about a good pea and ham soup. It’s a perfect dish to make while camping, especially after a long day in the outdoors. Pea and ham soup is packed with veggies and meat and is creamy, smoky, and salty. 

This is a great option to use up leftover ham, whether it is roasted or smoked. If using a leftover bone, get some extra smoke by placing it back in the smoker for a second hit. At some butcher shops, you can buy soup ham hock, which also works great.

To make the soup a complete meal bake some fresh bread or rolls to serve alongside. Or it can be served as an appetizer soup course to a larger meal. It also makes a nice light lunch option. 

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A serving of pea and ham soup in a white camping bowl with a blue rim.
Pea and Ham Soup can be served as a first course or main dish, and is especially tasty while camping.
Looking down on a white bowl of Pea and Ham Soup on a multi-colored blue and green striped tablecloth.
You can leave the Pea and Ham Soup chunky or puree it to a smoother consistency.
Looking across a white bowl with Pea and Ham Soup on a blue striped tablecloth with grass in the background.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can give Pea and Ham Soup even more flavor by adding a smoked ham bone while cooking.

Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

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Looking across a white bowl with Pea and Ham Soup on a blue striped tablecloth with grass in the background.
There is something hearty and filling about a good Pea and Ham Soup. It's perfect while camping after a long day in the outdoors. This is a great option to use leftover ham.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 2 hours 30 minutes
Ready in 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceEuropean
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSimmer
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups split green peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound smoked ham diced
  • 6 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • pot
  • stirring spoon

Directions

  • Wash and rinse the split green peas, drain, and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Add the onions, celery, and garlic. Stir and cook until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Add the split peas, smoked ham, and water. Bring to a simmer.
  • When the green split peas have softened, you can eat them as is, mashed with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender to make smooth.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 1430mgCalcium: 81mgVitamin C: 5mgVitamin A: 233IUSugar: 7gFiber: 18gPotassium: 1075mgCholesterol: 54mgCalories: 386kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 8gProtein: 36gCarbohydrates: 44gIron: 5mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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