Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and Ham Soup

Serves 6-8

1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 small onions, chopped
3 rashers bacon, diced
2 cups split peas
1kg ham bone (depending on size)
1 1/2 litres water
2 carrots, diced
2 sticks celery, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat oil in a large frypan, cook onion and bacon for 2-3 minutes or until onion is soft and bacon is slightly browned. Transfer to slow cooker.
2. Add remaining ingredients, reserving 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme. Cook on high for 3-4 or low for 6-8 hours.
3. Remove ham bone from slow cooker. Pull off meat from the bone, removing excess fat and skin. Dice and return to the soup.
4. Stir through remaining thyme and season with freshly ground black pepper.

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