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Monday, December 27, 2010

Lentil and Ham soup

A warm hearty soup is the perfect winter meal, lots of healthy fresh ingredients in this flavorful soup. I like to make this after Christmas when I have left over ham, and veggies from the roasted turkey. Use the turkey carcass to make you're own turkey stock so nothing goes to waste.

1 1/2 lb dried green lentils
1/4 cup olive oil
3 medium yellow onions, diced
7 garlic cloves, minced
4 stalks celery, diced
4 carrots, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 bay leaf
2 1/2 cups spiral cut ham, diced
1 cup tomato paste
5 quarts homemade turkey stock
 boiling water for lentils
Hot sauce for garnish (optional)
grated parmesan cheese for garnish


1. Add lentils to a large bowl and pour enough boiling water to cover lentils. Let sit for 15 minutes and drain.

2. In a 7 quart dutch oven heat olive oil to medium-high heat. Once hot add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, oregano, basil, thyme, pepper, salt and bay leaf cook for 20 minutes stirring frequently to cook vegetables evenly.

3. Add in ham and tomato paste, cook for 4 minutes and add in turkey stock and lentils. Bring to a boil  and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered.

Serve with a piece of crusty bread and with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and a few dashes of hot sauce.

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