Oh yeah, it's that good
Ham & Lentil Soup
Recipe from my mother-in-law
8 cups water
1/2 cup dry lentils
1 smoked ham shank or ham bone
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup barley
1 tsp dried thyme OR 1 tbsp fresh thyme
3 medium strips lemon peel
2 bay leaves
2 cups chopped cooked ham (optional)
1. Rinse lentils under running water; drain. In a 5 quart Dutch oven, combine all ingredients except extra ham, if using.
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2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer one hour or until lentils are tender, but not mushy, anf meat pulls easily from the bone.
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3. Remove and discard bay leaves and lemon peel. Remove ham shank; cool. Remove meat from bone and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add this and additional 2 cups cooked ham to the soup. Cook until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.