This chowder is better than any pea and ham soup you could ever make. If the bacon bits you buy are a little chunky, cut them into smaller pieces. If you can't find smoked bacon bits, regular bacon bits are fine, smoked just provide a richer flavour.
Something else. Add the diced potato at the same time as the stock - 19 Jul 2009
I don't actually live 'down under' and am wondering what a "packet of soup mix" is? Can you tell me? - 21 May 2012
Really delicious! I used normal bacon and added smoked hocks for flavour. Perfect for winter, my whole family devoured it! Thank you. - 18 Jun 2014