Spanish Style Pea and Jamon Soup

Ingredients:

150g Jamon Serrano

1 medium onion, chopped finely

4 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 small bay leaves

A small bunch of mint 

450g fresh or frozen peas 

1 litre chicken stock 

Method:

1. Start by slicing the Jamon as shown in the video. Put 1/3rd of the Jamon into a frying pan on a low heat and cook until crispy, you can add a little oil if you like. 

2. Next, chop the onion finely and add to a medium-hot pot with 4 tablespoons olive oil. Once the onions are starting to colour, add the garlic and bay leaves and stir occasionally for a few more minutes. 

3. Then add the chopped mint (saving some to sprinkle on top later) and the remaining 2/3rds Jamon and stir in until well incorporated. Add the chicken stock and bring up to a simmer.  

4. Add the peas and cook for 1/2 minutes. Blend until smooth. 

5. Serve hot with some crispy Jamon, olive oil and freshly chopped mint.