When I’m looking for a cheap and comforting lunch, pea and ham soup in a soup maker is one of my top contenders. Actually, this particular soup is so thick and filling it can also satisfy as a light dinner too, especially if you add some chunky bread to dunk in.
And better still – one serving comes in at just 171 calories!
How Do You Make Pea And Ham Soup?
My Soup Is Too Thick
I’m going to prewarn you on this one – it’s a super thick one! As in you can likely stand your spoon up in it without it falling over 😉 I believe this is THE way to do pea and ham soup but I appreciate that some of you might not enjoy it this way. You can make it thinner by either reducing the amount of split peas you use in the first place (go for 200g to 250g instead), or stick to the recipe and just add in some hot stock at the end until it is at the consistency you want it.
Can I Make It Chunky?
Yes you can. You could make it on chunky and then use the manual blend function on your soup maker to pulse it a few times to get a texture that’s in between.
Can I Use Yellow Split Peas?
Absolutely. Just substitute them in for the green split peas. There is a subtle difference in taste between the two, but it will still work and be as tasty.
Can I Use Frozen Green Peas?
Yes you can but this will result in quite a different soup. It will be sweeter and lighter than ham and pea soup made with split peas.
Should You Soak Split Peas Overnight?
As the soup maker cycle only runs for 21 minutes on smooth, or 28 minutes if on the chunky option, I don’t think it gets enough simmer time without soaking them first.
I know that some people don’t soak them first but when I have done this I find the end result way too thick and I think it puts unnecessary strain on the motor of the soup maker.
Let me know if you make this soup! I’d love to hear how you found it – just let me know in the comments. You can also find some more soup maker recipes here.
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