Soup For Convicts

Guess what. I’ve got a lot of ham left over from the festive season so expect to see ham-related recipes. Here’s the first. Pea and ham soup. This classic dish originated on the high seas when sailors would boil up dried peas with salt pork and was originally known as pease pudding.

Also, for those of you familiar with southern England, it was served to convicts in the village of Pease Pottage travelling to port to be dispatched to Australia. England’s great – who would have thought pea soup had a heritage like that?

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Traditionally you’d have used split dried peas but frozen petit pois are fine.

Essential Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • bacon chopped
  • potato cut into chunks
  • chicken stock
  • crème fraiche
  • milk
  • peas
  • ham cut into small pieces


Fry the onions, garlic and bacon until the onions are soft.

Add the chopped potato and stock and simmer for about 10 mins until potatoes are cooked.

Pour milk, crème fraiche and peas into the pan, simmer for a further few mins until peas are done.

Add chopped ham to the pan, then whizz until smooth.

Serve with cheese and bread!

This is my favourite soup to date. Mainly because it’s full of salt and other badness. As soon as we have finished redecorating the bedrooms I’ll be getting the rowing machine out to work this bad boy off. Seriously.

3 thoughts on “Soup For Convicts

  1. You had me at “Ham”.

    if the soup is that good, perhaps I would consider committing a misdemeanor to get some from the prison chef!!

    My “Split Pea and Ham Soup” has fewer ingredients ( split peas and ham). I would have never considered putting in potatoes (or whizzing up all of the meat).

    I also never thought of using frozen peas either, but will have to try that as it would cut out quite a bit of cooking time.
    Since potatoes and peas are low fat, this soup would fit in my current diet guidelines and will have to give it a go.

    Pease porridge hot,
    Pease porridge cold,
    Pease porridge in the pot,
    Nine days old.
    Some like it hot,
    Some like it cold,
    Some like it in the pot,
    Nine days old

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