Cheese & Ham Souffle Omelette/Ham and Green Pea Soup

Our cookbook Clever Cooking for One or Two was specifically created to reduce food waste (any leftover ingredients will have a long shelf life).

Try these two recipes, which share one 250g pack of good quality cooked ham.

Cheese & Ham Souffle Omelette

Cheese and Ham Souffle OmelettePreparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 7 minutes
Calories per omelette 492 Kcal
Fat per omelette 37g
of which saturated 15.8g
Makes 2 omelettes

Eggs 4, separated
Finely chopped tarragon 2 tbsp, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz), finely chopped
Cooked ham 125g (4½oz), chopped
Olive oil 2 tsp

1 Beat the egg yolks with the tarragon, if using. Whisk the egg whites to a peak, then fold into the yolk mixture with the seasoning, half of the cheese and all of the ham.

2 Preheat the grill to hot. On the hob, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a small omelette pan (with a heatproof handle), pour half of the egg mixture into the pan and cook for 1–2 minutes until just beginning to turn golden underneath.

3 Pop the pan under the preheated grill and, when the mix begins to rise, sprinkle over half of the remaining cheese and return to the grill until the cheese melts – about another 1–2 minutes. Fold the omelette in half as you turn it out onto a warm plate and serve with a little extra pepper. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second omelette.

Cook’s tip
If you are cooking for one, simply halve all of the ingredients and follow the method as usual. It makes a deliciously easy meal.

Shopper’s tip
For a special treat, substitute the smoked salmon for the ham and enjoy the omelette with a glass of chilled fizz.

Ham and Green Pea Soup

Ham and Pea SoupPreparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Calories per portion 825 Kcal
Fat per portion 54g
of which saturated 26.1g
Serves 2
Suitable for freezing

Olive oil 1 tbsp
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and finely chopped
Frozen peas 450g (1lb)
Cooked ham 125g (4½oz), chopped
Chicken or vegetable stock 450ml (¾ pint)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Double cream 142ml pot
Toasted croutons 60g pack

1 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion and garlic until softened. Add the peas and 75g (3oz) of the ham and mix well. Add the stock, bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming off any scum that forms.

2 Pour into a food processor and blend until smooth. Return to the pan, heat gently and season with salt and pepper.

3 Serve the hot soup in individual bowls garnished with a swirl of cream, the remaining chopped ham and croutons.

Cook’s tip
Making a ham sandwich? Use up the leftover ham by making this brilliant and filling soup! It’s a meal in one.

Shopper’s tip
Look out for packets of fresh croutons to serve with this soup. They are found in the salad section of the supermarket.

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