Ham and Lentil Soup
Add ham to your lentil soup and not only do you have a tasty, nutritious soup but you can also enjoy the meatiness that ham adds in there. Ham and lentil soup is great for lunch or as a comforting, warming snack.
Whether you are using a ham hock or some leftover cooked ham, you can add that flavor to the lentil soup and be guaranteed that it will come out beautifully.
Ham and lentil soup is usually thick and chunky, and the lentils will start to disintegrate when they are cooked, thickening up the soup without you needing to add starch or another thickener.
Why You Should Make this Ham and Lentil Soup
This is a great recipe for home cooks because it is so easy. Also, lentil and ham soup is an economical option. Buy some dried lentils and ham and you can prepare this wonderful feast in next to no time.
Ham and lentil soup is great served for lunch or dinner, and this is a hearty and filling dish which kids and grownups will enjoy. Unless you are a vegetarian or do not eat pork, adding ham to your lentil soup is the ideal way of adding a meaty touch.
The soup will need to simmer for about an hour on the stove, and then you can take the meat off the bone and return those meaty bits to the pot, then ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot.
- 1 meaty ham bone or 1 big ham hock
- 3 pints (1.5 liters) water
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1½ cups (300g) dried lentils
- 3 or 4 sliced medium carrots
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup (large handful) chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Put the ham bone, carrots, water, lentils, celery, onion, sugar, pepper, salt and bay leaf in a pot.
- Cover the pot and bring the soup to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for about an hour or until the lentils are tender.
- Take out the ham bone or hock and remove the meat.
- Chop the meat and return it to the lentil soup.
- Discard the bay leaf.