It has been a cold and blustery winter here in Northern Kentucky. We woke up yesterday to a good six inches of snow on the ground and temperatures in the 20s.
My sisters and I had set up a date to get together to begin the process of organizing our family photos. The snow took the hubby and one kid away from helping me inside so the appetizer I had planned got put on the back burner so to speak.
One of my very favorite things to cook when the weather turns chilly is a big pot of soup. I learned to cook from the very best cook around, my mom.
I had cooked a big ham, just like mom used to do. Then made lentil soup from the ham bone. Made a double batch then froze the other half. Praise Jesus. I was able to pull it out of the freezer and heat it up in a jiffy. How perfect to serve a soup mom used to make on a day when we were going through the family photos. Things just work out that way sometimes 🙂
What makes this soup Marj’s is the toppings. I promise you will not want to skip them. They really take this soup up a notch!! So next time you have spiral ham for your family, make this super easy soup. Lentils are one of nature’s powerhouse food sources so make them a part of your healthy diet.
2 cups finely diced onion
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
pepper to taste
8 cups (2 quarts) chicken or vegetable stock
bone from spiral ham
1 pound green lentils
chopped green onion
In large stock pot combine all ingredients except toppings. Liquid should be just enough to cover your ham bone. Cover, bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until lentils are tender and ham bone is falling apart and meat is coming off the bone, stirring occasionally (appox 2 hours). Remove ham bone and chop meat if necessary. Garnish soup with tablespoon of sour cream and chopped green onion. Enjoy!