Who can resist a bowl of good old pea & ham soup? It’s a truly delicious tummy warmer. My version has a little bit of cabbage in it which cooks down to give the soup a really velvety texture.

Pea & ham soup
Serves many
You’ll need:
1 kg chopped smoked ham bones/shanks
500g green split peas
3 medium onions, finely chopped
4 carrots, peeled & chopped
4 celery sticks, chopped
1/4 cabbage, shredded finely
Sea salt & pepper
2 tbs Italian parsley, chopped
  1. Place the bones, peas, onions, carrots, celery and cabbage in a a stock pot & cover with 3 litres of cold water. Bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 2 hrs and skim the top regularly for any impurities.
  3. Remove the ham and bones & allow to cool. Shred the meat off the bones, discarding any fat and skin.
  4. Add the shredded ham to the soup.
  5. Taste for salt & pepper and season to taste.
  6. Reheat, top with parsley & serve.

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