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    Lentil and Split Pea Soup

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    1 hrs 20 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs 5 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A hearty, satisfying soup. Make up a double batch and freeze half when you want a quick meal on the table in minutes.

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      Saute bacon in large saucepan over medium-high heat until fat is rendered, about 4 minutes; remove bacon; drain off all but 1 ½ tblsps of fat; add onion, carrot, leek and garlic and saute until light brown, about 10 minutes; add broth, lentils, split peas, potato, ham hock, celery, thyme and bay leaf; bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until lentils and split peas are tender, about 45 minutes; stir in red wine and simmer 5 minutes longer; discard bay leaf; remove ham hock from soup and remove any meat attached to bone; cube meat and return to soup along with chopped up bacon; season to taste with salt and pepper.
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      Freezer Note: Making up a double batch of soup is economical of energy and time - you'll do slightly more work now, use the same amount of energy to cook, and save yourself time and energy later on, when you want a quick, nutritious dinner. Just defrost in microwave, reheat well and serve

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    • on January 20, 2013


      Fantastic recipe Evelyn. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I used a meaty hambone instead of hocks, marjoram instead of the thyme and at the very last minute I discovered we didn't have any red wine. Shock horror there, lol.
      I also used ordinary stock, which on reflection I could have watered down slightly. I saut?ed everything together and then finished in the slow cooker for 4 hours, so the bacon got slowcooked as well, which I only realised later. I added a splash of balsamic as a sort of sub the red wine. No matter, it was still very good. I particularly liked how the grated potato seemed to give it a creamy feel without being too stodgy.
      I will definitely make again.

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    • on July 05, 2009


      This recipe was great! I did not have leeks & ham hock on hand and I used Turkey bacon. It came out great! I had reg chicken broth as apposed to low-sodium so I didnt add salt. Perfect! Definately a double recipe next time! Thanks

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    • on November 05, 2007


      This was a good recipe. I did not use leeks, ham hock, potato or red wine. I did use beef broth, swiss chard, and extra onion. Very good soup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lentil and Split Pea Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (358 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 252.3
    Calories from Fat 63
    Total Fat 7.0 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 7.7 mg
    Sodium 185.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.6 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 15.4 g

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    smoked ham hock

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