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    Irish Pea and Ham Soup

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    Recipe Introduction

    This soup is made with dried peas; these generally have
    to be soaked overnight, though it is possible to buy some that need only a few hours' immersion. It is slightly less trouble to makeb the soup with split peas - which have no skins and here there is a choice of green or yellow.

    List of Ingredients

    1 Ib/ 500 g/ 2 cups dried peas or split
    4 oz/ 125 gl 1/2 cup diced pieces of cooked ham or
    a ham bone
    1 large onion and a little fat (optional)

    3 pts/ 1 1/2 lr/ 6 cups ham stock or water
    cream (optional)
    parsley (optional)


    Soak the peas as directed on the packet. Chop the onion, if used, and soften in a little fat over a low heat. Add the peas and water or stock and the ham
    bone if used.

    Cook gently until the peas are soft - about an hour.
    Remove the bone and strip off any meat
    This should be cut into small dice and reserved. Puree
    the peas in a blender or pass through a sieve. Adjust the seasoning. Add the diced ham and serve with a swirl of cream or a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top.




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