Smoky bacon & pea broth

Smoky bacon & pea broth

By
From
A Year of Practiculture
Serves
6
Photographer
Rohan Anderson & Kate Berry

It’s such a treat when the green peas arrive in spring. It offers a much-needed break from the leafy winter greens and dried beans! I used to hate peas; I’d never eat them. When I started growing them it was a revelation of sorts. And now every year in they go, making slow progress over winter then when springtime really hits, boom! Green bombs of pea-ness.

If you’re intimidated by any cooking process but want to learn to cook, this recipe is a no-brainer. It’s so easy to make, but it’s ugly as sin. Best to eat it with a blindfold. There’s a reason why this meal will never be on ‘master chuff’ – it’s as pretty as a dropped pie. But the upside is that it’s loaded with stuff from the backyard and just happens to be relatively healthy. Yes, bacon is healthy. It’s written in the practiculture law.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped, leaves reserved and chopped
250g Cold-smoked bacon, finely chopped
1 litre Home-made veg stock
3 tablespoons old bay seasoning, (or use extra home-made veg stock)
310g green peas
handful parsley, finely chopped
salt, to taste (optional)
pepper, to taste (optional)
sesame seeds, to garnish

Method

  1. Heat a generous glug of olive oil in a large stockpot over low heat and sweat the onion, carrot and celery stalks for at least 20 minutes. If it gets dry, stir through a splash of water. Gently cooking the veg this way will add to the flavour of the stock.
  2. Stir through the bacon and cook for a few minutes. Now add the stock, Old Bay Seasoning, peas, reserved celery leaves and 1 litre water, and gently simmer for 1–2 hours.
  3. A few minutes before serving, stir through the parsley (reserving a little to garnish), and season to taste if desired.
  4. Serve garnished with the reserved parsley and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Tags:
rohan
anderson
practiculture
whole
larder
love
sustainable
sustainability
grow
harvest
forage
hunt
seasonal
Back to top
    No results found
    No more results
      No results found
      No more results
        No results found
        No more results
          No results found
          No more results
            No results found
            No more results
              No results found
              No more results
              Please start typing to begin your search
              We're sorry but we had trouble running your search. Please try again