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Pea and Bacon Soup

Bord Bia
This fresh soup is made with smoked bacon and frozen garden peas. The addition of watercress, spinach or rocket gives it its vibrant colour and the bacon helps to give the soup loads of flavour.
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, starter
Cuisine soups, starer
Servings 6 People


For the bacon

  • 500 g piece of smoked bacon
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 1 bulb of garlic halved
  • 1 carrot cleaned and chopped
  • A stick of celery cleaned and chopped
  • A dash of vinegar
  • 2 ltrs. cold water

For the soup

  • 1 tablesp. rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 250 g potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 500 g frozen peas
  • 120 g watercress sprigs spinach or rocket
  • 2 tablesp. mint leaves chopped
  • 140 g natural Greek-style yogurt
  • To serve: Crusty bread


  • Place the bacon, onion, the bay leaf, thyme, the garlic bulb, carrot, celery, vinegar and water in a large saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 1 hour or until the bacon is well cooked. It should be falling apart. Remove the bacon and set aside to cool.
  • Strain the stock and set it aside to use later. Discard the vegetables. Trim the skin and any fat from the bacon and discard.
  • Using two forks shred the meat, set aside. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the potatoes and 1½ litres of the reserved stock, bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add the peas and cook for another minute or two.
  • Remove from the heat and add the watercress, spinach or rocket and half the mint. Blend the soup. Add the shredded ham.
  • Divide the soup between six bowls and top with the remaining mint and a swirl of yogurt. Serve along with some crusty bread.
  • Serving Suggestions
  • Serve with some crusty bread.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
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