Ham Hock Peas and Pesto Soup

Ham Hock Peas and Pesto Soup

A great budget winter recipe using leftover ham and to add a little burst of flavour, green pesto. I had bought a Sainsbury’s slow cooked gammon hocks for taste testing. As usual like most ready meals they server 2, so I needed inspiration on what to use the 2nd ham hock for. Of course I always try to make my recipes a little different and thats where the pesto came in. You can either use it out of a jar or you can make your own pesto without pine nuts.

ham hock, pea and pesto soup

Pea Pesto and Ham Hock Soup

a warming soup recipe using leftover ham hock
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4



  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 medium potato peeled and diced
  • 1 litre pork stock or stock cube
  • 300 g thinly sliced ham
  • 1 tsp pesto green
  • 1 knob butter
  • 200 g frozen peas


  • Heat a knob of butter in a saucepan and when lightly foaming gently cook 1 chopped onion until softened, but not coloured.
  • Tip in 1 peeled and diced medium potato and stir to coat in butter, then pour over 1l ham or pork stock. Simmer until softened.
  • Tip in 500g frozen petit pois and bring back to the boil. Cook for a couple of mins.
  • Remove from the heat and blend until smooth. Stir in 300g diced ham and serve.
  • either stir in the pesto or place as dollops around the soup
Keyword ham hock, soup
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