“We lived very simply – but with all the essentials of life well understood and provided for – hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.”  ~ Winston Churchill

Based on this quote I’m sure that Winston Churchill would like this soup –  it’s simple and truly highlights the sweetness of peas. The soup itself has only five ingredients (and actually uses frozen peas). If you want to make it extra fancy, crisp some Spanish Serrano ham or Italian prosciutto to finish off the soup. This is quite possibly one of the easiest hot soups you can make. Perhaps you’d like to serve it with some cold champagne?

Holiday Tip:  You can make the soup a few days in advance and refrigerate it or freeze it for a few months. Heat it up and top it with the ham.

Spring Pea Soup with Serrano Ham



Spring Pea Soup with Serrano Ham
4.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling.
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 pounds frozen green peas (~ 6-1/2 cus)
  • 6 thin slices Spanish Serrano ham or Italian prosciutto
  1. Heat oil in a 4 to 5 quart pan over medium heat.
  2. Add shallots and cook for about 3 minutes or until shallot is soft and lightly browned.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth or stock and peas and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Using a Vitamix, immersion hand blender, regular blender or food processor, puree the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Return soup to the pot and keep warm on low heat.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  8. Place the ham in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast for 5 to 8 minutes, until crisp.
  9. Serve the soup in shallow bowls with a slice of crispy ham on top.
  10. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil.
* Keeps for a few days in the refrigerator or freezes well. Cook ham while heating up soup.
* Ham can be omitted for a vegetarian option.


Source:  Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof (2012)


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2014-04-17T07:20:15+00:00 April 16th, 2014|Categories: Sides|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. David April 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful light version of split pea and ham soup! Love the idea of the Serrano crisps!

    • Nicole April 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      David – Love it! I wish I had thought of your very clever split pea and ham connection!

  2. Susie McCawley April 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Delicious and so quick to make. Served it with crispy prosciutto and when it came time to finish it with a drizzle of olive oil, I used a Meyer lemon olive oil. It gave the soup such a fresh spring taste.

    • Nicole April 28, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Susie – Love the Meyer Lemon olive oil addition – will have to find some of my own!

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