How to make it

  • In a large pot, put in the ham houghs and cover them with water - about 5-6 pints.
  • Add the bay leaf, peppercorns, and stock cubes.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Remove any scum which forms on the surface.
  • Remove the ham houghs. When cool, remove the skin, gristle and fat, take the meat off the bones and chop it into soup-size pieces.
  • Take out the peppercorns and bay leaf.
  • Refrigerate the stock overnight.
  • Remove the layer of fat which will have formed on the surface.
  • Filter the stock through a piece of muslin in a large sieve.
  • When ready to make the soup:
  • In a large pan, heat the oil.
  • Add the chopped bacon and fry until brown.
  • Stir in the carrots, onions and celery. Stir around and then cover, and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes. Stir now and then.
  • Stir in the Puy lentils, tomatoes and the garlic. Stir well.
  • Pour in 4 pints of ham stock.
  • Bring to the boil then cook at a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage, the chopped meat from the houghs and the red lentils.
  • Bring to the boil again and then simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • 10 minutes before the end of the time, stir in the parsley.
  • Add more stock if the soup is getting too thick.
  • For extra richness - as if it needed it - you can add some tomato puree.

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  • anj 7 years ago
    May I ask a stupid question? What are puy lentils? I've not seen them before. Hugs, Anj
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    This soup sounds wonderful! The ham and bacon should give it a nice smokey flavor. Thanks for sharing this!
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    " It was excellent "
    goblue434 ate it and said...
    Oh, This Soup Is Calling My Name. Sounds Really Delicious & Hearty. I Like The Idea Of The Savoy Cabbage In A Lenil Soup. Thnx For Sharing A Great Recipe. Gonna Make Real Soon.
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Mmmmmm sounds very good yummmmm
    thanks for sharing

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    " It was excellent "
    valinkenmore ate it and said...
    Sounds like a wonderful soup! I love lentils. Thanks for the great post and high 5!
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