LENTIL SOUP – GREAT FOR LEFT OVER HAM

Lentil soup (3)

8-10 oz chicken broth
16 oz dry lentils
2 potatoes, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
20-30 baby carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
Left over ham cut into bite size pieces

Add all to large soup kettle.  Bring to boil, then cover and simmer about and hour.  Soup will thicken over time so I usually add the higher end of the broth and don’t worry about draining the spinach!

**THE INGREDIENTS FOR LENTIL AND SPLIT PEA SOUP ARE ALMOST IDENTICAL BUT THEY DEFINITELY EACH HAVE A DISTINCTIVE FLAVOR!  ALSO GREAT WITH A LEFT OVER HAM BONE OR HAM HOCK.

ARE LENTILS GLUTEN FREE?

Lentils are naturally free of gluten but as with other gluten-free legumes and grains, there may be risk of contamination during processing and handling. Always give dried lentils a thorough rinsing before cooking them. To play it safe, seek out packaged brands that are certified gluten free, like those from Arrowhead Mills.

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WHAT TO DO WITH A HAM BONE

NO, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT MY HUSBAND WHEN THERE ARE NEWS CAMERAS AROUND!

HamandSplitPeaSoup

MAKE HAM AND SPLIT PEA SOUP!
Ham bone with some meat still on it
16 oz bag dry split green peas
2 potatoes, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
20-30 baby carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
6-8 c chicken broth
Left over ham cut into bite-sized pieces

Put the broth and ham bone in a large soup kettle and set on high heat.  Begin chopping vegetables and ham and add everything to the soup pot.  Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about an hour.  Remove ham bone and let cool slightly.  Remove any usable meat from the bone and add to soup.

Serve with a little fresh ground black pepper!

WHAT ABOUT GLUTEN?

Dry split green peas are naturally gluten free but they are subject to cross contamination in processing and packaging.  A soak and a rinse will help.  Arrowhead Mills is one brand that specifically states it is Gluten Free.

EASY AND DELICIOUS!