Slow Cooker Pea and Ham Soup

slow cooker pea and ham soupThe first time we made this soup I was in labour.  I was chopping carrots between contractions, luckily it all went into the slow cooker and we didn’t have to worry about stirring it, or turning it off.

I spent the day at home, while J did the groceries.  This, for us means, a trip to Aldi, the local farmers market and the butcher.  My dad popped around to borrow our speed peeler (he was making limoncello), and I was able to keep a straight face while he was there.

pea and ham soup ingredientsWe spent the rest of the day at home watching episodes of Breaking Bad, and managed to eat a bowl of soup before heading to the hospital around 8 pm.

I was particularly glad that we’d made the soup in the days following E’s birth. I’ve never spent any time in hospital before, but I discovered I’m not the greatest fan of hospital food, so J would bring a bowl in for me each day.  This meant I could skip a hospital meal each day.

Since then, it’s almost been on our menu every fortnight, we both love it and it’s so wonderful to have it in the fridge.

Did you do anything silly, like cooking during labour? What’s your favourite slow cooker meal?

pea and ham soup

Slow Cooker Pea and Ham Soup
Author: Clare Reilly
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Serves: 6
  • 1 leek
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 carrots chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 500 gm of green split peas
  • 2 L of water
  1. Chop leek, garlic, carrots, fry until soft (we do this in our slow cooker, if yours doesn’t sear, cook in fry pan and transfer to slow cooker).
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.


12 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pea and Ham Soup

  1. I made this in the slow cooker the other night, and it’s so cheap and delicious to eat. I fried up a little prosciutto to top it with. So yum!
    Do you blend yours? I did.

    1. I don’t blend it, I like the little chunks of carrot and ham. It such a delicious winter warming soup, isn’t it!

  2. That’s lovely that your husband brought you in a bowl of homemade soup. And how organised of you to be making soup while you were in labour! I had short labours so was always terrified of staying at home too long just in case I didn’t make it! xx

    1. We’d bought all the stuff and just had it a home. It was a long labour, so I thought that I may as well do something.

  3. What happy memories of labour you created with this gorgeous soup. The addition of leek is a great idea. You did brilliantly to continue to put the soup on while you were contracting. What is a speed peeler? I think we need one of those 😀

    1. A speed peeler is just a fancy peeler I think. Jamie Oliver uses one, that’s the reason I bought it.

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