Split Pea and Bacon for Souper-Saturday…

“Between soup and love,

the first is better.”

~ Venetian Proverb

Unless….you love to make soup, then you are a double winner!

soup ingred

At the end of the week , when I look in the fridge and my store cupboard,

I can usually make some kind of soup using up leftovers.

yellow split peas

Split peas this week, but any pulses will do.

saute bacon garlic


Only two slices of bacon left… that’ll do!


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 100g  dried yellow split peas
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1  onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Sprig of fresh thyme
  • Salt, black pepper, smoked paprika and cayenne to season.

chop veg

Chop in even chunks.

Chop, sauté, then add the pre-soaked yellow split peas.


  1. Soak the yellow split peas on cold water overnight.
  2. Peel, then chop and shred the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in a food processor.
  3. Snip the bacon into small pieces using kitchen scissors.
  4. Sauté the garlic and  bacon in a large soup pot.
  5. Now add the chopped vegetables and cook till soft.
  6. Rinsed  the pre-soaked yellow split peas and stir through.
  7. Pour in the ham stock and add the sprig of thyme.
  8. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer gently for 1 hour, skimming off the top as you go.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning; I like to add the smoked paprika and cayenne pepper for extra flavour.
  10. Ladle in to soup bowls and serve with homemade Tortilla  chips.


Fresh thyme into the stock.

blending soup

To blend or not to blend…let’s blend!

pea and ham soup

No waste and good soup.

And I do enjoy making Tortilla Chips for dunking;

another left over, put to good use!


Frances 😉


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