This Pea and Ham Soup is the perfect slimming-friendly soup for those cold winter days, and great when calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Pea and Ham Soup is one of our favourites, and it takes no time at all if you use an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot!
Don’t worry if you haven’t got one, we’ve included the stove top method and slow cooker method below. It will taste just the same, but it will take around 2.5 hours to make.
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How many Calories are in this Pea and Ham Soup?
There are 433 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Pea and Ham Soup. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Pea and Ham Soup suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
You could also enjoy this Pea and Ham Soup if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Pea and Ham Soup?
This hearty and delicious soup has 8 Points per portion. It’s really filling and comforting for so few Points!
How to make this Pea and Ham Soup
This Pea and Ham Soup has a few steps but is really easy to make. Here’s a summary;
- Soak the peas. Sauté the other ingredients keeping back half of the carrots
- Add the stock and bay leaf. Pressure cook for 15 minutes
- Add the peas and pressure cook for another 10 minutes
- Add the carrots and water
- Pressure cook for 5 minutes
- Blend to your preferred consistency using a stick blender
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Pea and Ham Soup?
Any of the following go really well with Pea and Ham Soup. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!
- Wholemeal bread
- Pitta Bread
- Rice Crackers
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Pea and Ham Soup?
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We’ve used Quick Soak peas in this Pea and Ham Soup recipe, but you can use regular dried peas.
Whichever you choose, don’t forget to soak them in plenty of time, so they are ready when you need them.
The Batchelors Quick Soak peas need 2 hours.
We’ve cooked this soup using the Instant Pot which is an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker. You can also use a normal slow cooker, or the hob! You can pick up a slow cooker at the supermarket, or you can buy either from Amazon!
Can you cook Pea and Ham Soup another way?
Yes!You can cook it in the Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker or on the hob.
Pressure Cooker: 30 minutes or so (plus 2 hours to soak the peas) – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Slow Cooker: 6 hours or so (plus 2 hours to soak the peas) – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Hob: 2.5 hours or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
How do you know when Pea and Ham Soup is cooked?
You should cook this Pea and Ham Soup until the gammon falls apart and the peas are really soft.
This should take approx 30 minutes in the pressure cooker, 6 hours in the slow cooker (high) or 2.5 hours on the hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Pea and Ham Soup in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Pea and Ham Soup in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Pea and Ham Soup?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Pea and Ham Soup?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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