Autumn recipes – Lentil soup

 In Autumn, Fruit, Vegetables and Cereals, Ingredients, Meat, Poultry and Game, Pork/Ham, Recipes, Scottish Heritage, Seasons, Soups, Spring, Vegetables, Winter

When the cold weather bites and your heart starts to feel a little heavy at long dark nights through the interminable winter months, there’s one thing that wraps you up like a childhood comfort blanket. A big bowl o’ soup. Lentil soup was never my favourite growing up, I always preferred the creamy bite of barley in Scotch Broth. However, as with many things, nostalgia seems to coat the tastebuds with a little more tolerance and those things you used to turn your nose to start to taste better and bring a certainty to an uncertain life. This soup can be made with stock cubes, but is far better when you’ve made the stock yourself by boiling a ham hough or ribs for a couple of hours. The twin benefit of releasing a natural smoky, salty flavour whilst also yielding the meat to supplement the pulses. However if you’re in a hurry of an evening substitute the ham for 3 stock cubes. This is my Mum’s recipe and I’ve not even bothered trying to tamper with it. Why would you?!

Lentil soup

Serves 6-8

1 ham hough or 350g ham ribs, preferably smoked
1 mug red lentils (around 200g)
2 leeks chopped
3 carrots grated
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Place the ham in a large saucepan, cover with approximately 2.5 pints cold water and cover. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 2 hours until tender. Remove the meat and bones, reserving the meat.

2. Add the lentils and vegetables and bring back to the boil, reduce to a simmer for 20-25 minutes until the lentils are tender.

3. Add the strewn meat back in, correct for seasoning and serve with a good grinding of black pepper.

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  • Sumayya
    Reply

    wonderful memories, simple loving recipe – just like you x

    • scotslarder
      Reply

      Thank you Sumayya. The flavours filled with love are the ones we never lose sight of x

  • Katrina
    Reply

    Just made a big pot of Lentil soup with your recipe. I’m in North Carolina and it’s Saturday, the day my Mum always made soup.
    Good memories of home eating this great soup.

    Thank you.

    • Graeme Taylor
      Reply

      Hi Katrina,

      Many thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed the soup, and even more so that it brought back happy memories.

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