Ham hock and lentil soup

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Cooking Time

120

Prep Time

10

Cuisine

  • Australian

Serves

4-6

cooking style


Stove Top

PROTEIN / DIET


PORK

One of the best uses for the leftover Christmas ham is to make a hearty lentil or bean soup. I freeze the ham bone after Christmas and as soon as the cooler weather arrives, I hop straight to making this soup! The perfect remedy for looming colds and flus or just a comforting pick-me-up when the weather is dreary outside.

Ingredients

  • 1 large ham hock
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped inc. leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp The Spice People’s Rosemary Leaves
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tsp The Spice People’s Thyme Leaves
  • 1 tsp The Spice People’s Mustard Powder
  • 1 The Spice People’s Bay Leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 2 large ham hock
  • 4 large onions, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped inc. leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 2 tsp The Spice People’s Rosemary Leaves
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tsp The Spice People’s Thyme Leaves
  • 2 tsp The Spice People’s Mustard Powder
  • 2 The Spice People’s Bay Leaf
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 8 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 4 cups green lentils

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Method

  1. Heat oil (or butter) in a pan and add chopped onion, garlic, celery, carrots. Sauté 5 mins.
  2. Add the ham hock, lentils, stock, water, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and mustard powder. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-2 1/2 hours until the ham is falling off the bone.
  3. Lift out the ham hock and let cool slightly. Remove the ham from the bone and tear into small chunks, discarding any excess large pieces of fat. Place the ham pieces back into the pot. Add the parsley.
  4. For a slightly thicker style soup, after you have removed the ham hock bone but before you put back in the ham chunks, whirl about half the mixture in a food processor or blender. Put back in with the rest of the soup and ham pieces.
  5. Serve with crusty warm bread and condiments such as toasted sunflower seeds and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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