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Ham and Lentil Soup

kept bydbutler1321

1 smoked ham bone (e.g., ham shank) or 2 small smoked ham hocks
1 lb lentils (about 2/12 cups), picked over and rinsed
1/2 lb mushrooms, chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
2 onions, chopped coarsely
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf

  1. In a kettle or soup pot, add 8-10 cups water. Add ham bone and lentils and turn burner on high heat.
  2. Chop mushrooms, onions, carrots and celery and add to soup pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add cinnamon stick and bay leaf and reduce heat. Simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove ham bone or ham hock, remove meat and dice or shred the ham. Add meat to soup and stir.
  5. Remove cinnamon and bay leaf and serve.



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