Recipe: Perfect Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup

Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup. Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup includes super yummy leftovers from the Riesling-Peach Glazed Ham and makes a hearty, healthy, and tasty dinner! Put your leftover ham to work and make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in your crockpot! In a Dutch oven, bring ham bone and water to a boil.

Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup This time I was thinking that I don't use lentils often enough and that a ham and lentil soup would be really nice. Lentil soup will accommodate lots of variations. Instead of curry spices, you could try an Italian blend of basil, oregano and bay leaf. You can cook Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup using 30 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you achieve it.

Ingredients of Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup

  1. You need of Base.
  2. It’s of Hunk of butter (or oil).
  3. Prepare 1 of onion, diced.
  4. Prepare 3 cloves of garlic.
  5. It’s 3 of carrots.
  6. It’s 1 tsp of flour.
  7. It’s Splash of wine.
  8. You need 1 cup of stock (chicken/pork/veggie all work).
  9. It’s of Bouquet Garni (herb bundle).
  10. It’s of Cheesecloth.
  11. It’s of Butcher’s twine.
  12. It’s 1 of cinnamon stick.
  13. Prepare 2 of bay leaves, broken.
  14. You need 2 of allspice.
  15. It’s 2 of star anise.
  16. You need 4 of cloves.
  17. Prepare 1/2 tsp of black peppercorns.
  18. You need 1/2 tsp of fenugreek.
  19. Prepare 1 of dried chili pepper.
  20. It’s 1 tsp of thyme.
  21. You need of The Soup.
  22. Prepare 1 cup of dry lentils (green or yellow).
  23. It’s 1 of Tupperware of leftover roasted ham, diced.
  24. You need 1/2 tsp of cumin (optional).
  25. Prepare 1/2 tsp of garam masala (optional).
  26. It’s of Salt and pepper.
  27. It’s of Garnish.
  28. Prepare of Chopped fresh cilantro.
  29. Prepare of Sour cream.
  30. Prepare of Croutons.

Any of your favorite vegetables will work too: green beans, peppers, corn or peas all work well here. This versatile soup makes an excellent vehicle to use up or stretch leftover meat from the night before. Add your delicious veggie mixture to a crock pot or large soup pot. Add the reserved lentil water until everything looks a bit too runny.

Leftover Ham and Lentil Soup instructions

  1. Cook your lentils. Wash dry lentils thoroughly (all sorts of weird stuff turns up in dry lentils, I found a piece of wood in mine). Add to a large pot of boiling water, boil for half an hour and drain, reserving water..
  2. Make your herb bundle. Double layer a square of cheesecloth. Lay all the things you don’t want to chew in the middle. Bundle it up, tying with butcher’s twine. Do not make my mistake and include veggie stalks – I thought it would be an easy way to impart more flavour, but forgot they would expand and stretch out the cheesecloth..
  3. Make your base. Melt some butter; sauté onions, carrots, etc. until soft. Add the herb bundle, push it around for a bit, then toss it in the soup pot. Add minced garlic, cooking briefly. Add flour and cook until nutty. Splash in the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to get the good bits while letting the alcohol evaporate. Slowly incorporate stock..
  4. Amass the soup! Add your delicious veggie mixture to a crock pot or large soup pot. Add the cooked lentils. Add the reserved lentil water until everything looks a bit too runny. Add cumin and garam masala, if using, and salt and pepper. Cook on low for as long as you’ve got (1-3h) on low heat..
  5. Get some texture. Dig out the herb bundle and 2 cups of soup. Purée the rest with a hand blender. Return veggies. Fry ham (with basting sauce, if you still have it) and add..
  6. Garnish and serve!.

Add cumin and garam masala, if using, and salt and pepper. Lentil Soup with Ham has tender cooked lentils, vegetables, and salty chunks of ham that come together in a hearty, delicious soup! After the holidays, when ham is often on the menu, this Lentil Soup with Ham is a great recipe to cook with some of those leftovers. A ham bone left over from a previous meal gets a second chance when simmered with lentils and vegetables to make a hearty soup in less than an hour. The hearty soup includes carrots, celery, and onions, along with basic seasonings.