Lentil Soup

"This soup is pretty easy to make, most of the cook time is simmering on the stove top. It sure hits the spot on those cold winter nights, although I enjoy this soup any time of the year. You can ask for a ham bone at most meat counters. *Prep time does not include soaking the lentils overnight."
 
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins
Ingredients:
13
Yields:
9 1/2 Cups
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ingredients

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directions

  • The night before, wash the lentils and let soak overnight covered in cold water.
  • Next day, drain the lentils.
  • In a large dutch oven or soup pot, saute the diced bacon until golden brown.
  • Add sliced onions and diced carrots and saute until the onions are golden.
  • Add the lentils, water, sliced celery, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaves.
  • With a grater, grate the peeled potato into the lentil mixture.
  • Add the ham bone.
  • Simmer, covered, for about 3 hours. The lentils should be tender.
  • Remove the bay leaves and ham bone. Cut all bits of meat from the ham bone and return the meat to the soup.
  • To serve at once, add the lemon juice and enjoy!
  • To serve the next day, refrigerate soup adn then add the lemon juice and reheat.

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Reviews

  1. Mia in Germany
    Absolute comfort food! I'm a lentil lover but have never tried a lentil soup exactly this way. Loved it and will definitely make it again! Thanks for sharing :)<br/>Made for Oktoberfest of the Diabetic Forum 2011.
     
  2. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Perfect soup! I used a ham neck bone instead of bacon, but other then that~ stayed true to the recipe. This is da bomb! I felt all cuddly and warm upon devouring it on Friday, and am so glad I picked this recipe for the first Octoberfest recipe. I can see making this over and over again, lentils are such a good food. This is good for the soul, try it! Made for Octoberfest Diabetic Forum 2011
     
  3. threeovens
    Really fabulous soup! I loved it and will certainly make again. Made for ZWT 7.
     
  4. Dienia B.
    really good used ham stok instead of ham bone would be good in crock pot in winter time zaar 6 tour
     
  5. katew
    5 stars, more if possible. I did this in my crockpot using browned mince beef instead of the diced bacon as I had none but had all the vegies needed. I used red lentils as they always work really well in the slow cooker. This is a fabulous healthy meal in a bowl. Made for ZWT 6.
     
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  1. sconehead
    Pretty good! I did have to substitute fennel for the celery (I have a recent fondness for fennel, anyway :-) ) used 1 qt broth and 1 qt water and left out the bacon (didn't have any) but added some diced ham (leftover from Thanksgiving. Everyone liked it a lot. served with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and dollop of non-fat greek yogurt.
     
  2. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Perfect soup! I used a ham neck bone instead of bacon, but other then that~ stayed true to the recipe. This is da bomb! I felt all cuddly and warm upon devouring it on Friday, and am so glad I picked this recipe for the first Octoberfest recipe. I can see making this over and over again, lentils are such a good food. This is good for the soul, try it! Made for Octoberfest Diabetic Forum 2011
     

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