Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup | Slimming World

This Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup is perfect for those cold winter days, and it’s great when following the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan.
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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 Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup is one of our favourites, and it takes no time at all if you use an 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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Can I freeze this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup recipe?

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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.
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!

What do I need to make this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup?

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We used the Instant Pot for this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup recipe.

What is an Instant Pot?

It’s a hybrid cooker, that cooks under pressure, as well as 7 other types of cooking. It means you can even cook a whole chicken in it in just 20 minutes.

You can cook this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup in around 30 minutes, rather than the more traditional way which will take around 2.5 -3 hours!

Having said that, we have included the stove top and oven method in the method below.

The Peas

We’ve used Quick Soak peas in this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup recipe, but you can use regular dried peas.

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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.

The Stick Blender

This soup is pretty easy to make, and all you’ll need (apart from the ingredients!) is a food processor or stick blender.

We use a stick blender like this Tower Hand Blender, because they are so easy to use and (just as importantly) so easy to clean.

This particular one has a masher attachment included, which is perfect for making our Syn Free Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

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Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free!

The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup recipe.

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How do I make this Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup?

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 👍

These steps are for the Instant Pot, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. There’s a stove top and slow cooker method below.

Step 1

Make sure you pre-soak the peas before you start. 2 hours if using Quick Soak or overnight if using regular dried peas. Chop all the veg.

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Step 2

Set the Instant Pot to sauté and spray with some Frylight. Brown the ham on all sides then set aside.

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Step 3

Add the onion, celery and half of the sliced carrots. Sauté until the veg starts to colour.

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Step 4

Return the ham to the Instant Pot and add the made up stock.

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Replace the lid and set to manual for 15 minutes (natural pressure release – NPR)

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Step 5

Add the soaked peas, then cook on manual for 10 minutes (NPR)

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Step 6

Remove the ham and chop it roughly, and return to the Instant Pot.

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Add the reserved carrots and another 300ml of water. Set to manual for 5 minutes (NPR)

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Step 7

If you like a smooth soup you can blitz the soup using a stick blender or food processor.

If you prefer your soup chunky remove half of the meat and veg chunks from the soup and set aside.

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Blitz the soup until smooth.

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Step 8

Return the reserved chunks to the Instant Pot and stir well and set to keep warm until you’re ready to serve.

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Calories

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433kcal 8

Smart Points (Flex)

Zero

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
Stove top method
  1. Remove any fat from the ham and place in a large pan
  2. Add the carrots, onion, celery and bay leaf
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx 2 hours
  4. Soak the peas. If you're using quick soak then they will be ready when the ham is cooked. If not then don't forget to soak the peas overnight
  5. Remove the ham and veg from the stock and fish out the bayleaf and reserve the stock
  6. Wash and drain the peas and add them to a clean pan
  7. Cut the cooked ham into cubes
  8. If you prefer your soups chunky add half of the diced ham and veg to the pan with the peas, then add enough of the ham stock to cover the ingredients If you like a smooth soup add all the chopped up ham and veg at this point
  9. Add the stock cubes, bring up to the boil then simmer for around 20 minutes
  10. Check the peas are soft, then blend the soup with a stick blender until it's smooth
  11. If you reserved some ham and veg, return it to the pan and leave on the heat for a few minutes until it's heated through. If the soup is a little thick just add a bit more water or ham stock until it reaches the desired consistency
Instant Pot method
  1. Make sure you pre-soak the peas before you start. 2 hours if using Quick Soak or overnight if using regular dried peas
  2. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and spray with some Frylight
  3. Brown the ham on all sides then set aside
  4. Add the onion, celery and half of the sliced carrots. Sauté until the veg starts to colour
  5. Return the ham to the Instant Pot and add the made up stock
  6. Replace the lid and set to manual for 15 minutes (natural pressure release - NPR)
  7. Add the soaked peas, then cook on manual for 10 minutes (NPR)
  8. Add the reserved carrots and another 300ml of water
  9. Set to manual for 5 minutes (NPR)
  10. If you like a smooth soup you can blitz the soup using a stick blender or food processor
  11. If you prefer your soup chunky remove half of the meat and veg chunks from the soup and set aside, then blitz the soup until smooth. If it's a little too thick add some more water or stock until it reaches the desired consistency
  12. Return the reserved chunks to the Instant pot and stir well and set to keep warm until you're ready to serve
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Soak the peas according to packet instructions
  2. Remove any fat from the ham and place in the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients
  3. Cook on High for 6 hours
  4. Once the ham is falling apart, take some of the ham out, and blitz the soup until it reaches your desired constancy. Add the reserved ham back into the soup & serve

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RECIPE NOTES

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.

- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)

- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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6 Comments
    1. Hi Shauna
      We’re aware that the PKP doesn’t have a manual setting. Looking online at the settings available on the PKP, you could try the Stew/Soup function. Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Clare
      The recipe is designed to use dried peas. Using frozen peas will give a very different texture and flavour. It would probably be worth a try. 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa
      It’s really up to you. Lots of people find soaking overnight makes it less salty. Alternatively, you could put the gammon joint into a pan of cold water, bring it to the boil, drain and repeat, then continue asper the recipe. I often do this if I’ve forgotten to do an overnight soak. 🙂

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