Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Pea and ham soup recipe

This good old-fashioned pea soup at it's tastiest. Packed full of soup vegetables and yellow split peas with smoked ham. This is great winter fare. Find more on Kidspot, New Zealand's recipe finder.



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 swede, peeled and diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 4 sticks of celery, sliced
  • 1 potato, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 1 rack of smoked ribs(at least 8 ribs), sliced down between the bones


In a large pot, heat the oil and add all of the vegetables. Fry for 4-5 mins until they are starting to soften.

Add 3L boiling water to the pot with the 2 cups of split peas and the smoked ribs.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.

Using tongs, remove all ribs to a bowl and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Using 2 forks, shread the meat and discard the bones and sinews.

Roughly chop the meat and return to the pot. Cook for a further 20 minutes.


  • This recipe can use various types of ham from the leftover leg bone to a hock.
  • I used one of those soup packs of veges that you can buy in the supermarket.
  • If you prefer a smoother soup, you can puree the vegetables in the soup before you return that ham to the pot.

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This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.