Split pea and barley soup

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This hearty, warming split pea soup is a special recipe handed down to Shaun Rankin by his mother. The contrasting textures of the rich ham hock, earthy split peas and nutty barley make this soup recipe a winter favourite, whether as a starter or as a main meal.

First published in 2015





To plate


Place the ham hock in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 1 hour. Drain and cover once more with cold water
Add the carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours
Remove the carrot and onion, add the pearl barley and yellow split peas and cook for a further 50 minutes
Add the red lentils and cook for another 10 minutes. The ham should now fall off the bone. If not, simmer for a further 15 minutes
Once cooked, carefully remove the ham hock from the saucepan with a large spoon, set aside on a plate and allow to cool just enough so you can remove the meat from the bone
Tear the meat into chunks – it’s entirely up to you what size you want to keep the ham pieces. Return the ham to the saucepan to warm through. Season with pepper and taste before adding any salt
Ladle into soup bowls and finish with some chopped fresh parsley. Serve hot straight away with some crusty bread
First published in 2015

Shaun Rankin’s cooking exudes effortless self-confidence.

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