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Pea, mint and ham soup

The Hairy Bikers / 25 May 2018

The Hairy Bikers share their recipe for a quick and simple pea, mint and ham soup, extracted from their cookbook The Hairy Dieters Make It Easy.

The Hairy Dieters pea, mint and ham soup
Pea, mint and ham soup

Cooking time

15 minutes




195 per serving


For the soup

  • 10g butter
  • Bunch of spring onions, finely shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 2 tsp dried mint or a small bunch of fresh, shredded
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
  • Sea salt and black pepper

For the ham garnish

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 100g cooked ham, shredded


Frozen peas are such a great product and perfect for making a quick and satisfying soup. Pea and mint is a top soup anyway in our opinion, but this crispy ham garnish turns it into something really special. And it’s so quick to make!

Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the spring onions and cook them for a couple of minutes until they’re starting to soften, then add the garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes, then stir in the peas and mint. Season with salt and pepper, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave the soup to simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the ham garnish. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the mustard and honey and stir until the honey has melted. Add the ham and stir to coat it with the contents of the pan. Fry the ham over a medium high heat until it’s all crisp and browned.

Blitz the pea soup until smooth with stick blender or in a jug blender. Serve garnished with the crispy ham.

The Hairy Dieters Make it Easy

THE HAIRY DIETERS MAKE IT EASY: Lose weight and keep it off the easy way by Si King & Dave Myers is published by Seven Dials in paperback at £16.99. Buy now.

Visit our healthy recipes section for more delicious healthy meal ideas


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