Ham and lentil soup



Serves 6-8


For the stock

1 ham bone
2 roughly diced onions
2 stalks of celery
8 to 10 peppercorns
1 carrot roughly diced


For the soup base

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cups of diced ham extra (optional)
1/2 red capsicum, diced
1/2 bunch silverbeet, stalks trimmed and diced and leaves chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup red lentils (optional)
Good pinch mixed herbs
Ham stock
Salt and pepper
Parsley to finish



Place the ham bone, onion, celery, carrot and peppercorns into a pot together and cover with water making sure that the bone is covered. Bring to a boil, then reduce the stock to a simmer and simmer for two hours or until the meat starts to fall off the bone. Allow the stock to cool slightly before straining out the vegetables.


Remove all the meat from the bone and set aside with the broth for the soup. Pour the oil into the same pot and sweat off the onions and extra ham for three minutes. Add in the capsicum and silverbeet stalks and stir again until softened.


Add in the garlic and the tomatoes and pour in the stock, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add in the lentils, herbs and the chopped silverbeet and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes until the lentils have softened. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with parsley.


Enjoy your meal!



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