Pea and Ham Soup

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.
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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.

We’ve got a heap of recipes perfect to make in the pressure cooker or slow cooker – why not take a look?

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. SautĂ© the other ingredients keeping back half of the carrots

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  • Add the stock and bay leaf. Pressure cook for 15 minutes
  • Add the peas and pressure cook for another 10 minutes

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  • Add the carrots and water

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  • 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.

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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.

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!

You’ll also need a stick blender to blitz this soup up. You could also use normal blenderfor this too!

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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. 

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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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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. Cover with water, 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 liquid, fish out the bayleaf and reserve the remaining cooking liquid
  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 cooking liquid 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 Low calorie cooking spray
  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 and the bay leaf
  6. Replace the lid and set to manual for 15 minutes (natural pressure release - NPR)
  7. Remove the bay leaf and 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, remove the bay leaf and then blitz the soup until it reaches your desired constancy. Add the reserved ham back into the soup & serve

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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 (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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11 Comments
  1. I’m confused. The ingredients says to dissolve the stock cubes, but the recipe says to add them at a later stage? What should the ham be cooked in initially? The stock? Water? Any help will be gratefully received, thanks

  2. Great soup! I am in the US so I had to research to find the amount of peas in the box you showed and weigh them out from my bulk jar. I added a bit of organic all-purpose seasoning. I also didn’t cook meat in the soup. I just added some chopped up, heated, sandwich sliced ham to my bowl.

  3. I used the method of doing this in the slow cooker. I found the soup to be very thick. Is this normal? I also used smoke gammon joint, but found I couldn’t taste anything else but gammon. Should I off used unsmoked? My soup also came out a dark orange colour rather then the vibrant yellow picture on here. Is there a reason for this. I used all the ingredients that was on the recipe.

    Any recommendations of what I could do next time to especially make it not as thick as didn’t really like this consistency. if I had blitzed anymore it wouldn’t of changed how thick it was. Should I next time add more liquid? Use less Gammon?

  4. Hi, could you substitute red lentils instead of peas please, and if so would it be the tinned and equal weight?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Iris,

      We’ve not tried it with red lentils. I would suggest trying it with dried if you are using the same cooking method, though it may need a little longer to cook as red lentils can take a while to become tender. Let us know how you get on!

      Hope that helps!

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