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Pea & Smoked Ribs Soup

A beautiful fresh green soup with the lovely smokey flavour of pork ribs


  • For the stock

  • 1 large onion

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • 1/2 fennel bulb

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 celery stick

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 smoked pork ribs, seperated

  • 2 litres water

  • For the soup

  • 50g olive oil

  • 100g pancetta, chopped

  • 800g frozen peas

  • Salt & Pepper


  • 1.

    Place all stock ingredients in a large heavy-based pot and bring to the boil reduce to simmer. Skim the scum from the surface, reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 1.5 hours

  • 2.

    Remove from the heat and strain the stock through a fine sieve keep warm

  • 3.

    For the soup heat the oil in a large pan, add the pancetta for a few minutes until crispy then add garlic and remove excess oil if you want Add the stock, bring to the boil Add the peas and return to the boil for a few minutes then purée to your liking. I like it with a bit of texture

  • 4.

    To Serve. Place a smoked rib in a bowl and top with soup and eat the rib to finish.. with your fingers of course


If you don't want to make the stock just use a good quality bought vegetable stock and simmer the ribs in the stock for half an hour. You will need a about 3 litres of stock

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