DON® pea & ham soup



  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Ready in: 65 minutes
  • Serves: 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 parsnip, finely chopped
  • 450g DON® Melosi Ham, finely diced
  • 500g green dried split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 litre stock (reduced salt)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1-2 teaspoons thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, extra, and cracked black pepper for serving


If there’s a heartier winter soup, we’d like to hear about it. Serve it up with crusty white bread spread generously with real butter and your family will love you forever.


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery, carrot and parsnip. Cook over low heat until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add 400g DON® ham, split peas, bay leaves, water, stock, parsley and thyme leaves.
  3. Simmer the soup covered for an hour, until thickened, and peas are tender.
  4. Remove the lid and puree the soup.
  5. Serve topped with remaining ham, extra parsley and cracked black pepper.