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Lentil and Ham Soup Recipe

Very easy to prepare, this ham and lentil soup makes a hearty and very tasty meal.

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Ham and lentil Soup in a bowl

INGREDIENTS                         

110g / 4oz of chunky cooked ham (see Cook's Notes above for alternatives)
170g / 6oz red lentils (see Cook's Notes above for alternatives)
2 carrots
2 medium sized onions
3 stalks of celery
Small tin of tomatoes (225g / 8oz)
1½ litres / 2.7 pints of chicken or vegetable stock (homemade or water with 3 stock cubes)
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley plus a few sprigs to garnish
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION TIME

: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME

: 1 hour 2 minutes

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

: Easy

FREEZE

? Yes

SERVINGS

: 4 main meal portions

COOKING EQUIPMENT

: 1 large frying pan and 1 large pan
Ingredients for Ham and Lentil Soup
Ingredients for Ham and Lentil Soup

PREPARATION

Chop the ham into small bite sized chunks

Wash the celery stalks, then finely chop

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic.

Top and tail the carrots then slice.

COOK'S NOTES FOR LENTIL AND HAM SOUP RECIPE

Any ham can be used for this recipe but the best is a chunky piece of ham. We bought off-cuts from our local Tesco and they cost far less than other cuts of ham. Bacon can also be used - about six rashers will do fine but fry them first.

For this recipe we use red lentils but almost any lentils can be used instead, green or puy lentils are popular alternatives. Just check the packet instructions to make sure they don't need overnight soaking, most are fine to eat after about 45 minutes of cooking.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Place the onions, carrots and celery in a large frying pan and pour in the oil. Fry on a medium heat for 12 minutes stirring and turning the ingredients often.

STEP 2

Transfer the ingredients to a large pan and add the stock, lentils, garlic and tomatoes. Stir everything well and simmer for 50 minutes.

Taste the cooked soup and add salt and pepper to taste. Now add the cooked ham, stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.

 Cooking ham and lentil soup

STEP 3

Serve the soup into warmed bowls and sprinkle in  the chopped parsley.

Decorate with a sprig of parsley and serve with some chunky bread. This will make a substantial meal for four to six persons.

2 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 5 star rating
5 star rating
21 March 2012
From: Cubeval
I have made this soup over and over again and it never disappoints. It's dead easy and tastes out of this world.
5 star rating
12 September 2012
From: Rosie
Absolutely lush - very filling and lovely soup - I used the water I had left over from poaching the ham as stock and it worked really well.
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