Just prior to New Years, I hosted a family gathering that starred a humongous spiral cut honey glazed ham. It was an awesome piggy and we feasted on it for days. Eventually a big ol' bone with a lot of scraps was all that remained - I'm not one to scrape right down to the bone, ick... but it was exactly what I needed to make this rustic soup.
My Ham & Lentil Soup (Redux)
1 big ol' hambone with plenty of meat left on it... the more the merrier.
2 tbsp olive oil
3 stalks celery, diced
1 cup sliced or diced carrot
2 medium onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1 28oz can diced tomatoes with liquid
4 cups cold water
1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed well
2 bay leaves
a couple sprigs of fresh thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste (more pepper, the ham will no doubt add almost enough salt)
In your soup pot or large Dutch oven, heat the oil and cook the onions, celery, carrots and garlic until they become fragrant and start to get some colour.
Add in the hambone, lentils, tomatoes, water, bay leaves and thyme, along with a generous twist or two of freshly ground black pepper.
Bring to a simmer and let simmer for as long as you have, at least two hours, but preferably three or four. You will then need to carefully remove the bay leaves, thyme and hambones (some small ones may be there, so do a really, really good check) and take out any really big bits of ham and chop them into smaller bits and then return them to the soup. Check for seasoning and soup's on along with some warm crusty rolls.
This soup is a perfect example of leftovers, or even scraps that may otherwise be thrown out, being transformed into a whole other meal... and how a decadent beginning (honey glazed ham with all the other buffet fare) turned into a hearty and healthy soup that we enjoyed for a few days more. So instead of just reheating leftovers, transform them into something new... there are always lots of recipes and inspiration here or on my favourite recipe websites including Life Made Delicious.
Do you have multiple recipes for any of the food you enjoy making, or do you tend to find a version and stick to it?
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