Soup recipe – Ham, lentil, chickpea

I added a pinch of sugar after adding the tomatoes, carrots and used vegetable stock. I also used smoked ham from the supermarket, it comes vacuum packed (about 400g).

Ingredients

  • 1 x Chub of ham (no bone – you can use ham on the bone if you like)
  • 3 x sticks of celery
  • 1 x onion chopped finely
  • 1 x red capsicum chopped finely
  • 1 x small red chilli
  • 2 x garlic cloves chopped finely (or crushed)
  • 1 x tablespoon of moroccan seasoning (if you dont have this you
  • could use curry powder or cummin powder)
  • 1 x teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 x cans of chickpeas
  • 1-2 cans of lentils
  • 1 x small can of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml x real chicken stock (you can buy it in the carton – its
  • nice)
  • 1 litre of water

You can add other vegetables like carrot if you like

Method

  1. Roast ham in oven with just a little olive oil on top (30mins at 180 degrees)
  2. While ham is cooking chop all vegetables
  3. Place celery, garlic, chilli, onion, capsicum and seasoning in the large saucepan
  4. Remove ham from the oven and put on a chopping board.
  5. Drain the oil from the pan that you cooked the ham into the saucepan with vegetables.
  6. Gently fry the vegetables on a low hear to soften. Do not brown them.
  7. Chop the ham into cubes or shred into pieces.
  8. Once the vegetables are soft put the can of tomatoes in and cook for a further 2mins.
  9. Then add the chopped ham and stir.
  10. Open the cans of lentil and chick peas and rinse under cold running water for about 1 minute.
  11. Place the lentil and chick peas in the pan with all the other ingredients.
  12. Add the real chicken stock and water to the saucepan.
  13. Bring to boil and then turn down the heat and let the soup simmer gently for at least an hour or until the liquid has dissolved to
  14. the right consistency. (I had mine going for about 5hours, but it doesn’t take that long to cook).
  15. Season with salt and pepper to taste (you prob wont need pepper because of the chilli).

Serve with some nice bread & Enjoy!

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