Spilt Pea and zucchini soup


The soup today is mum’s recipe. It is made with zucchini and dried green split peas which I always have in my store cupboard. Split peas are very high in protein and low in fat and they give the soup a distinct earthy flavor. All you need to do is soak the split peas overnight and if you wish to speed up the time they take to soften add 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to 125g of dried split peas during the boiling process, not before when you are soaking them as this destroys the vitamin content. When you boil the split peas use a large pot with plenty of water on medium heat to prevent sticking. It may sound like a lot of trouble but it is worth it and if you are at home anyway, they can boil away while you do something else.

Mum uses off-the-bone gammon in hers.


You will need:

125g dried split peas, soaked, boiled, softened and rinsed
1 kg zucchini, chopped up
1 bay leaves
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Drizzle of olive oil
Fresh thyme
Squeeze of lemon
100g off the bone ham or if you are vegetarian, substitute with a vegetable stock cube
Water, enough to completely immerse everything plus 3 cups

In a large pot drizzle some olive oil and sweat the onions, add the garlic, stirring occasionally.

Add the zucchini, potato, bay leaf, thyme and softened split peas, salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally.

Add the stock or water, the chopped up gammon (this is optional), squeeze of a lemon and bring to boil. Simmer and cook on low heat for an hour. Do not forget to keep stirring occasionally.

Remove the bay leaf.

Transfer the soup to a food processor. I use a hand blender and puree until smooth, processing in batches until you have a smooth purée. If it is too thick, add more water. If you would like a richer texture add milk or single cream. We tend to avoid this especially during the week !

To serve, reheat the soup but do not boil.

Serve the soup into individual bowls and if you like garnish with crispy bacon ..

This soup freezes well.

22 responses to “Spilt Pea and zucchini soup”

  1. I will stick with the real thing…mmmmm Bacon! Phoney baloney oh my, I am open minded and will try just about anything yet the real thing is always better! The soup sounds awesome I have not had this version of split pea, the addition of zucchini sounds like a refreshing change I am looking forward to making it… I am however quite sure yours would be much better. Thank you for the recipe the laugh and the smile! You are awesome and thats no phoney baloney! 🙂

    1. The real thing is always better ! Thank you Joe!

      1. 🙂 you are the real thing! You are welcome and thank you for another smile!

  2. NEVER add any bacon but pure hog/pig bacon. You WILL taste the difference and it won’t be a good taste. ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ

  3. It is a cold Monday here in Melbourne your split pea zucchini soups sounds like the perfect meal for a day like today. Yum

    1. Yes it is that type of soup Diana, hope it warms you up and you enjoy it !

  4. I love this kind of combination! I’m still at breakfast stage but it’s a very tempting thought. Have a great week! 🙂

    1. Thank you and to you! This is a heart warming healthy and nutritious soup and I hope you will enjoy it !

    1. Appreciate Mr J, thank you ..

      1. Always my pleasure Ms. Lea

  5. The bacon must give it the best flavour I imagine? X

    1. We use off the bone gammon Elaine not bacon. it does give it a good labor but there are of course alternatives and it is also delicious plain.

    2. It does Elaine and this soup has a nutty delicious flavor

    1. It certainly was Pam, thank you !

  6. It became todays dinner, although I had to tweak the recipe a bit given that I could not find green peas. So I substituted green lentils for the peas. It never the less came out super yummy! Thanks for this delicious recipe!

    1. Green lentils and zucchini, I like the sound of that ! Thrilled you enjoy trying out my recipes, thank you !

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