Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ham and Lentil Soup

I had big plans for those lentils, I really did. But, then I made this soup and although it was tasty, it looked a wee bit unappetizing, and I became afraid. Afraid not of the lentils themselves - but of what they can become when matched with a immersion blender.

Silly, silly me.

So, after finding 3 bags of lentils (the green variety) in the pantry, I knew that I must search for a recipe that would highlight the little disc-shaped legume and bring it to it's former glory. Since I've been on a soup kick, it only seemed natural that the recipe I would give the thumbs up to would be...soup. Ham and Lentil Soup. Brace yourself for some serious "yum."

HAM AND LENTIL SOUP

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery sticks, washed and diced
8 oz. cubed ham
1 1/2 cups dried green lentils
4-6 cups of chicken stock
1/2 cup dry vermouth
1 can of stewed tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
2 cups baby spinach
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried parsley

Heat oil and butter in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring often, until onion becomes translucent. Add vermouth and continue to cook until vermouth reduces by half. Add ham, lentils and tomatoes - followed by 4 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, and cook (with lid on) for about 15-20 minutes, or until lentils are al'dente. Take lid off, add spinach and season with dried herbs and salt and pepper. The spinach will immediately wilt down. If soup is too thick for your liking, add more chicken stock until it becomes the consistency you desire.



If you are not a lentil fan, prepare to be converted!

5 comments:

Nancy & Bryan said...

I'm thrilled that you're back on here posting recipes!

This is one I HAVE to make soon!

Thanks Kat!

Katherine and Pippa said...

Is Chatty Kit Katty very exclusive these days or can we request invitations/

K

(love lentils by the way!)

Nancy & Bryan said...

I made this last week and it's a great keeper for my soup collection!

It was delicious - full of flavor! I did add 6 cups of the broth and it came out perfect.

Thanks Kat for sharing!

Maris said...

I love ham in lentil soup! This is definitely a perfect season for soup.

Sophie said...

You know, I've had lentil soup so many times but never with ham! I see I've been missing out. This looks really amazing. I would love to feature your recipe on our blog and the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email sophiekiblogger@gmail.com if you're interested. Thanks!