Pea Soup – Two Ways

Confession: You’re either a bean person or a pea person

Growing up, whenever we had peas for dinner my brother would groan. He was a bean person. I would inwardly yippee (but never out loud because that would be uncool). I was a pea person. I’m not sure why he didn’t like peas. I wondered if it was because we weren’t allowed to scoop them up with our forks (which would have made them much easier to eat); we had to stab them or squish them onto the fork.

They were much easier to eat when there was mashed potato, but then again everything’s much better with mashed potato. Since then (and after a lifetime of research) I’ve realised that most people are either pea people or bean people. My Mia and I are pea people, Elly and her Dad are bean people (Elly swallows peas whole to avoid tasting them).


Ever since I can remember I’ve been a pea person. Don’t get me wrong, I love beans too but not as much as peas. Peas in a pod, sugar snap peas, snow peas, split peas, chickpeas, black eyed peas; I love ‘em all. And considering my early adoption into the pea camp it’s no surprise that my favourite soup was and still is pea soup, although chicken and vegetable is a close second. To be followed by pumpkin. I digress….

And I know that we’ve been talking a lot about soup lately but it is winter and winter is the season for soup. You should know by now that I can’t resist a good soup. Today I’m bringing you two soups that have been made with peas but with completely different textures and flavours; are you excited yet? (I know, it’s pea soup. Perhaps I need to get out more….)

The first soup is a traditional, heart warming, gloopy little number made with split peas. I didn’t include ham in this recipe because the good ‘ol ham hock is quite fatty and rich and I wanted to keep it as healthy as possible – also a great vegetarian option.

The second soup I’ve made for you is a much lighter version. It’s the Moodie version of pea and ham soup, made with frozen peas, lean crispy ham and a little parmesan. It’s yum, yum, yummy and incredibly quick and easy to make.

Try them both and let me know what you think. But before you do, are you a bean or a pea person?

Pea Soup with Dumplings


Pea and Ham Soup


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