Left Over Ham = Lentil Soup

April 4, 2013

Quick post here for all of you with a leftover ham bone in your fridge.  It is a flavor jackpot, so don’t even think about throwing it away! Find some of these:

As the package says, chefs really do love these petite french lentils, they are delicious under filet of Salmon or Swordfish.  BUT, for today we are interested in the recipe on the back for Lentil Soup. Really, any lentils will do but not all have a recipe on the back.  If you use bigger lentils, you may need more time until they are soft.  I left out the tomatoes and zucchini, and where it says ‘add the stock’, also toss in your leftover ham bone. I doubled this recipe as well since I was trying to cover the ham bone.

If you are more visual, this soup is super easy, just sautee your Mire Poix (the French flavor base for soups and stews), which is carrots, onion, celery, plus 2 bay leaves:

 

Then toss in your lentils, ham bone, and broth. Simmer for 20-25 min. That is it!

 

When it is done simmering, take out the ham bone and try to cut off any extra meat and toss it in the soup. I was surprised at how much mine had on it:

 

 

This soup is so good, so soul satisfying.  I adore it and can’t wait to eat some more. And it is one of the healthiest foods you can find, plus you didn’t waste ham leftovers. Feel good all around. My ham was from Trader Joes, and it was SO good.  It infused the soup with a smoky, sweet goodness that mixes so well with the petite lentils.  I could eat this every day. French rustic home cooking, sigh…..

 

I would love to hear some of your healthy meals from leftovers!

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