Leftover Christmas ham and split pea soup

Dec 26, 2019
This delicious dish is the best way to get rid of leftovers! Source: Getty.

Christmas is over and you’re left with a whole bunch of food taking up precious room in your fridge and freezer – what do you do? For starters, ham is one of the hardest meats to get rid of as there’s usually a bunch of it and there’s only so many ham and cheese sandwiches one can eat.

One easy and delicious way to get rid of leftover ham is to throw it in a tasty ham and pea soup! This traditional dish has been around for a while, but for good reason, so waste no time in digging into this low-cal option for after Christmas!


  • 290g (1 1/3 cups) green split peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed, chopped
  • 1 brown onion, halved, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g ham or bacon hocks
  • 1.5L (6 cups) cold water
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Bread, to serve


  1. Rinse split peas under cold water until water runs clear. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add split peas, ham hocks and water. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and leave to simmer for 2 to 2 and a half hours or until meat is falling away from bones. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  3. Remove ham hocks from pan. Remove all meat from bones. Chop meat and set aside.
  4. Place a quarter of the pea mixture in food processor bowl and process until smooth. Return to pan with ham. Repeat with remaining pea mixture. Season to taste. Reheat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle into serving bowls. Serve with bread.

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