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.