Another great winter soup from Donna Hay magazine issue 51 (Jun/Jul 2010) 🙂

This one has a bold green colour, and it makes you feel healthier already just by looking at it :P. The ingredients are the humble peas and spinach, and to give a savoury punch, Donna adds leg ham to the soup and blends them all together.

The peas are very sweet and matching the saltiness from the ham. The spinach is not dominant to the soup, but it certainly gives a bolder colour to the soup. A dollop of soup cream or thick cream (I used the Philadelphia cream cheese) gives the soup a smoother taste. Absolutely love this soup, it’s very satisfying and fulfilling :). Another good thing is that you can cook this in no time. Oh, and also – it is GOOD for you! 😀

Pea, spinach and ham soup

(recipe by Donna Hay, Donna Hay magazine issue 51, Jun/Jul 2010)

(serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 litre chicken stock. I used 2 chicken stock cubes in hot water.
  • 4 cups (480 gr) frozen peas
  • 100 gr baby spinach leaves
  • 200 gr leg ham
  • sour cream or thick cream to serve
  • any bread slices to serve

Step 1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to boil.

Step 2. Add peas, spinach and ham and bring to boil. Blend with a hand-held blender until smooth. Return the saucepan to the heat for 5 minutes to make sure the soup is heated up.

Step 3. To serve, spoon the soup into bowls, top with cream and serve with bread slices.