2 November 2014

garden pea + ham hock soup

Another soup recipe. You now my drill, I love soup!

So this is a soup that can easily be found at any supermarket. In England anyway. But it takes so little time to make, and it's homemade, so in my head this equals more fresh. Nothing beats homemade. Am I right?

I use frozen garden peas, which everyone has in their freezer. Easy pea-sy. Sorry, too easy a pun not to make!

And shredded ham hock. Oh dear, my favourite part of ham is you ask me. For some reason, I always prefer ham being shredded than sliced. I think it tastes better. Am I the only one with this weird preference?

garden pea + ham hock soup

1 tbsp butter
3 small shallots, roughly chopped
500g garden peas
500ml (2 cups) good quality chicken stock
salt + pepper
170g shredded ham hock (I bought mine at Tesco, and I know Waitrose have some too)
chives, optional but tasty!

Melt the butter in a pan and cook the shallots gently until they becomes slightly transparent.

Then add the garden peas and chicken stock and  bring to a simmer. Let cook for about 10 minutes.

Season to taste. Then blizt to bits with your blender (you can leave a few chunks in if you prefer too), or immersion blender.

Pop into a bowl and top with a generous handful of ham hock.  A few optional sprinkles of chive. And there you go, soup! In under 20 minutes!

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