Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ham & Lentil Soup

This is a wonderful soup for cold, winter days. It's so healthy and filling. Lentils are awesome because they don't need to be soaked before cooking. They have protein and fiber just like beans, but with a slightly chewier texture so they make a hearty soup.

 Ham & Lentil Soup
2 c. lentils
2 c. cooked ham, chopped
3 large carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 potatoes, washed and cubed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 c. chicken broth
4 c. water
1/2 t. thyme
plenty of salt & pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. (Or you could cook in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours.) Add salt and pepper to taste just before serving.

 This makes a lot of soup so I like to freeze half of it to save for another night. Enjoy!

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