Beth Keoghan’s Pea Soup

Souperlicious Soup recipes from mothers of famous New Zealanders

  • Serves 8
  • 10 mins to prepare
  • 90 mins to cook
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Phil & Beth Keoghan

Phil Keoghan is the host of the Emmy award winning TV show The Amazing Race. His mum is Beth. She says “When living in Antigua, a small island in the Caribbean, we would frequently meet up on a Sunday at a designated beach with other local families, place the food in a sheltered spot, drinks and coolers in another, play cricket with the children on the beach, swim, babysit each other’s children, apply first aid if we accidentally sat under a manchineel tree in the rain or just chat.  It was a wonderful way to share time with the children and our friends before a new working week began.  We would return home at the end of the day, tired and sandy but well fed – ready for a warm shower and bed – there was no television.  Phil and his sister Ruth spent most Sundays this way until their return to New Zealand to attend secondary school”.


1½ cups yellow split peas
4½ cups water
1 tsp salt and a little black pepper
4 cups (approx 500 g) chopped cooked ham (or 1 ham bone or 4 grilled rashers of bacon)
½ - 1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped or crushed)
1 bay leaf
½ cup grated carrot
2 cups milk
Nutmeg, cayenne

Cooking Instructions

Wash peas then drain (or alternatively, cover the peas with cold water and leave overnight, then drain).
Add water and salt to the peas, bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for one hour but don't drain the water.
Add ham (ham bone or 4 rashers of bacon), onion, garlic, bay leaf and carrot to the peas. Cover and simmer for 1½ hours or until the peas are tender. Stir in milk.
Season to taste with nutmeg, cayenne and black pepper. Heat through and serve.

Hints & Tips

This is delicious served with cubes of bread fried until crisp in olive oil.

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