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This budget friendly Healthy Pea and Ham Soup is a no-fuss, set and forget type meal that my whole family loves. It's like a warm hug in a bowl.
5 from 20 votes

Healthy Pea and Ham Soup

This Healthy Pea and Ham Soup is an easy to make, hearty meal in a bowl that's sure to become a family favourite. It's gluten and dairy-free and super delicious.
Prep Time1 d 10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 4


  • 200 g dried green split peas (1 cup)
  • 1 pork chop -fat trimmed
  • 3 rasher/s bacon
  • 1 red onion/s (large) diced
  • 2 clove/s garlic -diced
  • 2 stick/s celery -finely diced
  • 1.5 L water
  • 1 tsp sea salt - or to taste
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 carrot/s (large) finely diced
  • 1 potato/s (large) peeled and finely diced
  • 1 sweet potato/s (medium) peeled and finely diced
  • 30 g baby spinach -or kale (optional) (aapprox. 1 handful)


  • Soak the split peas overnight in enough water to allow for them to expand. Strain and rinse them very well (in a sieve under running water).
  • Place the split peas, pork chops, bacon, onion, garlic, celery and water into a pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 mins. Any scum that appears just skim it from the top.
  • Then add carrot, potato and sweet potato and simmer slowly for another hour or until the split peas are mushy and the soup has thickened.
  • Remove the pork from the bone (it should just fall away). Break any solid bits up and mix through the soup.
  • Sir through the leafy greens (if including) and allow them to wilt.


  • Serve with crusty sourdough bread.


  • Re-heat in a pot over a low heat until just hot.


  • In an airtight container in the fridge or freezer

Slow Cooker

  • This can certainly cooked in a slow cooker. However, as the time and amount of liquid varies between brands of slow cookers, base both on thick soup like recipes in the guide book for your specific slow cooker.


Onion and garlic-free

Substitute with a small bulb of fennel, diced finely and a pinch of cayenne.


Omit the bacon and pork and add a tablespoon of smoked paprika and increase the salt to 1 tablespoon. You could also replace the water with vegetable stock if you like.

Add more veggies

Feel free to add in extra vegetables if you like. I sometimes add cauliflower and broccoli for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

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