Filling and hearty split pea and ham soup

In the winter time I’m always looking for a new soup recipe. There’s just something about a hot bowl of soup when you come in from the cold that makes me feel whole again – does that make sense? We have based this healthy and filling soup recipe on Delia Smith’s London Particular, giving it the ProPoints treatment to ensure it complies with WeightWatchers standards whilst retaining all the flavour and goodness. It doesn’t look much, but even my children love it. It has quite a high points value for a soup recipe, but it is so hearty that you won’t need bread to go with it.

This recipe is calculated using WeightWatchers ProPoints.

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Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

3 WeightWatchers Points: Split Pea & Ham soup

Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 1 stick of celery chopped
  • A few leaves of spring greens optional
  • 200 g shredded ham hock
  • 350 g split green peas rinsed
  • 1.8 ltr chicken stock from a cube

Instructions
 

  • Spray a large saucepan with the cooking spray and cook the onion on a medium heat until it begins to soften. You don't need to be too precise about the chopping, as it's all going in the blender later.
  • Add the carrot and celery and continue to fry for a few minutes until starting to soften.
  • Then add all the other ingredients.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Cool slightly then blend in batches and serve straight away.

This actually tastes better the next day, as the flavours deepen, so it is great for storing or freezing in portions for those days when you need something filling and low in points values but can’t be bothered to think of anything! Yummy, as you can tell from my Nigella moment below 😳 *promises to do better*

Do you have any recipes for Split pea & ham soup? What would you add for extra deliciousness?

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