Pea & Smoked Pork Hock Soup

Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Modern Australian
Servings 8



  • 40 gm butter coarsely chopped
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 smoked pork/ham hocks about 800gm each
  • 750 gm dried green split peas
  • 360 gm frozen baby green peas defrosted, 3 cups
  • 1 pieces baguette halved lengthways and cut into 5cm
  • 60 ml extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup

Herb butter

  • 60 gm softened butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 garlic clove finely chopped


  • Heat butter in a large saucepan over low-medium heat, add onion and garlic and sauté until tender (10-12 minutes). Add ham hocks, cover with cold water (about 4 litres), bring to the simmer, reduce heat to low and cook until ham is falling from the bone (1-1½ hours). Remove hocks from saucepan, set aside to cool and, when cool enough to handle, remove skin and bone (discard), coarsely shred meat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, add split green peas to stock and simmer until very tender (45 minutes-1 hour). Add baby peas (reserve some for garnish if desired) and simmer until bright green (1-2 minutes). Purée in batches in a blender until smooth, add shredded ham to soup (reserve a little for garnish if desired), season to taste and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, for herb butter, combine ingredients in a small bowl, season to taste and set aside.
  • Preheat a grill to high. Place baguette cut-side up on a baking tray and grill until golden (1-2 minutes each side), then spread with herb butter. Serve with hot soup topped with reserved baby peas (steamed until bright green) and shredded ham.
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