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Pea and ham soup

Serve this hearty DON pea and ham soup up with crusty white bread spread generously with real butter and your family will love you forever.


Preparation time


10 minutes

Cooking time


1 hour 5 minutes







2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 stick celery, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 parsnip, finely chopped

450g DON® shaved ham

500g green dried split peas, rinsed and drained

2 bay leaves

1 litre water

1 litre stock (reduced salt)

1-2 tsp thyme leaves

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped parsley, extra, and cracked black pepper for serving

Crusty bread and butter to serve




  • Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery, carrot and parsnip. Cook over low heat until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add 400g DON® ham, split peas, bay leaves, water, stock, parsley and thyme leaves.
  • Simmer the soup covered for an hour, until thickened, and peas are tender.
  • Remove the lid and puree the soup.
  • Serve topped with remaining ham, extra parsley and cracked black pepper.