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Simple Pea Soup

ingredients

serves: 8
500 g (1 lb) split dried peas
1 kg (2 lb) bacon or ham bones
1 onion, finely chopped
8 cups water
salt
freshly ground pepper
croutons for garnish

method

1. Wash peas well and place in a large saucepan with bones and water.

2. Bring to the boil, skimming when necessary.

3. Add onion, cover and simmer very gently for 2 1/2 hours.

4. Remove bones and scrape off meat.

5. Rub soup through sieve. Return meat to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in a little more water if too thick.

6. Reheat soup and serve with croutons or toast.

7. Dutch pea soup: Simmer 1 Rookwurst sausage in water for 30 minutes — do not boil.

8. Slice into soup tureen and add hot soup.

9. Cooking tip: To prevent split peas sticking to base of saucepan, do not stir during cooking.

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