I am linking this recipe up to Finding Joy in My Kitchen's Countdown to 2012: Best Soup & Stew Recipe. This is another yummy one to make and a great way to use up leftover ham bones. And it is oh SO good on a chilly winter day!
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This is an easy and inexpensive dish to make. Plus if you have a really nice mom who sends you home with a big chunk of ham and a ham bone, well then, it's even less expensive to make. ;) That said, I had a ham bone and some ham in my freezer that needed to be used and with Easter coming up, I wanted to make sure to get use up all our ham so I can justify snagging some on sale this week or next.
This soup is so yummy and is definitely one of my comfort foods. It also reminds me of when I first started staying at home with the Peanut and I thought that the only thing we were going to be able to afford to eat was things like beans and rice. Although we don't have an unlimited grocery budget, I have been able to make a variety of dishes and still stay within budget. However, some things are just so good you just keep coming back to them.
Lentil Soup with Ham
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced onion
3/4 cup sliced carrots
3/4 cup sliced celery
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
Pepper, to taste
1 ham bone
1 cup cooked, diced ham
In a dutch oven over medium heat, saute onion, carrot, and celery in olive oil. Cook until softened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add in salt, lentils, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, coriander, and cumin. Stir to combine and add in ham bone. Bring just to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until beans are cooked through, about one hour. Ladle out about 5 cups of soup in a separate bowl and puree with a stick blender or use a standard blender or food processor and blend until completely pureed. Remove ham bone from dutch oven and pour pureed soup back in. Stir to combine. Cut off any meat left on ham bone and add in additional cooked ham. Once heated through, season with pepper (and additional salt if needed) to taste.