Lentil Soup

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The picture may not look like much, but this is one of my favourite soup recipes. It is simple yet delicious and hearty soup. Preparation only takes a few minutes, but you will need several hours for simmering. It tastes even better the next day!

Into a large pot place the following:

a meaty ham bone

1 cup each sliced carrot and celery and diced onion

1.5 cups lentils

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp each marjoram and thyme

1 bay leaf

8 cups water

(1/2 cup barley, if so desired)

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2-6 hours until lentils are tender. Remove ham bone and bay leaf. If desired, you can shred/chop bits of ham and add back to the soup.

Just before serving add: fresh ground pepper to taste and 1/4 cup white vinegar.

 

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