Pea, Mint and Ham Soup


The crispier the ham, the better

A few staple ingredients is all it takes to rustle up Pea, Mint and Ham Soup from the Hairy Dieters in less half an hour. The ham garnish made with a hint of honey and wholegrain mustard is the star of the show here, lifting plain old soup into something more memorable. For more soup ideas, click here.

Recipe: Pea, Mint and Ham Soup

Calories:  195 per serving

Serves: 4

Book: Hairy Dieters – Make it Easy

Prep time: Approx 15 minutes

Cooking time: Approx 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10g butter
  • Bunch of spring onions (finely shredded)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 2 tsp dried mint or a small bunch of fresh (shredded )
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Ham garnish:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 100g cooked ham (shredded)

Cost per portion: Approx £0.86

Method:

Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the spring onions and cook them for a couple of minutes until they’re starting to soften, then add the garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes, then stir in the peas and mint. Season with salt and pepper, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave the soup to simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the ham garnish. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the mustard and honey and stir until the honey has melted. Add the ham and stir to coat it with the contents of the pan. Fry the ham over a medium high heat until it’s all crisp and browned.

Blitz the pea soup until smooth with stick blender or in a jug blender. Serve garnished with the crispy ham.

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