Pea and ham soup

A vibrant soup that is oh so simple to make. Whip up a batch for a nutritious mid-week meal.


  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 2 banana shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 400g/14oz frozen peas
  • 350ml/12fl oz ham stock
  • 150ml/5fl oz double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 125g/4½oz shredded ham hock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • small handful baby watercress
  • small handful pea shoots
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preparation method

  1. Heat a saucepan until hot. Add the butter, shallots and garlic and gently fry for two minutes, or until the shallots have softened. Add the peas and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Cool slightly and then transfer to a blender. Add the cream and blend to a purée. Return the mixture to the saucepan to heat through, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. To serve, pour the soup into serving bowls and top with a spoonful of shredded ham and crème fraîche. Top with some baby watercress and pea shoots and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Less than 10 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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