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Northumberland ham broth
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5 from 2 votes

Northumberland ham broth

Northumberland ham broth is a ham and vegetable soup make with ham stock that is perfect for a cold day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: British
Keyword: soup
Servings: 4 people


  • 1.5 kg ham joint
  • 200 g red lentils
  • 200 g split yellow peas
  • 5 carrots
  • ½ turnip
  • 1 leek


  • If the ham is salty leave it to soak overnight. You may also want to soak the split peas.
  • Put the ham in a pan and cover with water. You will need about 3 litres
  • Bring the ham to the boil and simmer for around three hours until tender.
  • Remove the ham from the water, shred the meat and put back in the pan
  • Peel the turnip and carrots and grate into the pan.
  • Grate the leek and add to the pan with the lentils and split peas
  • Bring the soup back to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are soft, around 30 minutes


Serve with crusty bread.
Tip:  Why not boil a larger ham joint and use half for soup and the other half for sandwiches or a roast glazed ham?