Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Pea and Ham (bacon?) Soup

I am sooo into soups at the moment. Every week, I attempt to make a new type of soup. One of my recent one is a classic Pea and Ham soup. I think there is a version that uses fresh peas, but most pea and ham soup I tasted had green split peas or lentils in it. So in this soup, I used a packet of McKenzies mix soup pack which has barley and a mixture of split peas. Some recipes calls for the use of smoked pork hock but I didn't like the way it makes the soup oily, so I used smoked pork bones instead. Then, I chopped lean bacon into the mixture.

One thing about this soup is that it demands lots of patience. I started preparing the soup at 5pm, and it was properly done probably at around 7:30pm. I left it to simmer more (just taking out a portion for AR and myself) and then we went back for seconds at around 8ish 9pm. That was when the texture was perfect! I probably could have done myself a flavour by using the crock pot or just cooking straight for around 2-3 hours.

This soup freezes very well. I made a huge pot and we enjoyed the soup for at least another 2 more meals.

Pea and Ham (bacon?) Soup (Serves around 8-10) 
1 packet of Mckenzies soup mix (i think it's 250grams?)
2 smoked pork bones
2 ltre of beef stock
around 2 litre of water
lean bacon chopped (around 150 grams)
3-4 stalks of celery
2 red onions chopped
garlic chopped

Soak lentils night before.
Add pork bones for around 2 minutes till slightly brown.Saute onion and garlic till done.  Add lentils and celery. Stir for around 2 minutes. Add beef stock and 1 ltre of the water. Simmer for around 2 hours or so. Stir every 20 minutes. Top it up with water if needed. Add lean bacon bits towards the last 30 minutes. Serve with hot crusty bread.


tigerfish said...

That is dinner and supper 2-in-1 :D

Mochachocolata Rita said...

that looks very hearty! but anything that requires patience...i'm out! lol

noobcook said...

the flavours for the soup seem very rich, I love soups like this, very comforting.

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