Healthy slow-cooker pea and ham soup

This tasty treat will easily become your favourite low-key dinner option! Source: Getty.

This is one of the best ways to warm up on a cool winter night and get a good serving of veggies while you’re at it. With just 15 minutes preparation time, this recipe is fantastic for just throwing everything in the pot of the slow-cooker and letting it work its magic.

The delicious and hearty dish is also fairly versatile if you’re up for getting a bit more adventurous. Try adding in different ingredients like corn, carrots or even sweet potato. And if you want a little extra treat, pop a slice of crusty bread in the soup to make sure you sop up every last drop. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 300g sebago potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 650g ham hock
  • 1 cup green split peas, washed, rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken style liquid stock
  • 1 dried bay leaf

Method

    1. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, celery and potatoes. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl of slow cooker.
    2. Add ham hock, peas, stock, bay leaf and 1 litre cold water to bowl of slow cooker. Season with pepper. Cover with lid. Cook on low for 6 hours.
    3. Remove hock from soup. Remove and discard rind and bone. Shred ham into soup. Cook on low for 1 hour or until ham and peas are tender. Serve.

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