Lentil Soup


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Recently I found a Lentil and Ham soup on Allrecipes.com that sounded pretty good.  But, as usual, I wanted to tweak somethings so here's my version of the above-mentioned recipe.  I'll present it in two formats, picture form, then the actual recipe.  If you would like to view the original recipe, which is a crock-pot version, click here.

Step 1:  Season the Water

Partially cover a smoked turkey leg with crushed red peppers in some water and boil until the water is infused with the flavor and color of the smoked turkey.  The water will appear brownish.

Step 2: Pick Over and Wash the Lentils

 Make sure you do this step in case there are some small rocks or bad lentils that need to be thrown out.

Step 3:  Prepare the Vegetables


Step 4:  Add the Vegetables, Spices, Broth, and Lentils to the Pot





Step 5:  Bring to a Boil; Reduce Heat to Med-Low Until Done.  Voila!
 
When this dish is done, the turkey meat will be literally falling off the bones!  This is a very flavorful dish.

Ok for the real recipe:

Ingredients:
1 smoked turkey leg
crushed red pepper flakes
water
1 cup dried lentils
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium-large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
*1/2 tsp. dried basil
*1/4 tsp. dried thyme
* 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
* 1 tsp. ground cumin
* 1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
14.5 oz. can of stewed tomatoes

Directions:
In a large pot, place crushed red pepper and smoked turkey leg in pot.  Cover halfway with water and boil until the flavor and color of the turkey has infused the water.  When this is done, add your vegetables, seasonings, lentils, and broth to the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low temperature and cook until lentils are done.  (Approximately 45 min.)  Remove bay leaf, if turkey meat hasn't fallen off the bone then debone leg.  Serve with some good cornbread.
* Adjust seasonings to your own taste.  I didn't really measure this part, but I was pretty close.

On a side note:  Another winter storm is supposed to come through tonight and so school has been canceled for tomorrow.  For me that means I can finally make PinkBite's White Beans with Rosemary (Feijão Branco com Alecrim) [vegetarian dish] and this London Broil in a crock pot (never had London Broil, so this will be new - it was on sale so...).  Stay tuned!  (Yeah, I'm getting my freezer meals ready.)  Cook when the mood hits, right?
¡Buen Provecho! 

3 comments:

  1. This does look quite tasty Libby.

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  2. That soups looks delicious and I can almost smell it! Please share the London broil recipe and pics when/if you get it done. Sounds good!

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