This hearty soup is an excellent winter warmer delicious served with hot crusty bread and butter. Try using a small gammon joint instead of packs of sliced bacon as this will work out considerably cheaper. you can use any type of lentil you wish, I like red lentils basically because it makes a nice colour soup! The best thing about soups is the ingredients can be very approximate.
You will need:
500g joint of gammon smoked or unsmoked depending on your preference
2 x cup lentils
2 x large carrots
Few sticks celery
1 x large onion
1 x turnip
3 litres vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop all the vegetables and gammon into about half inch squares and put all the ingredient into a large pan, bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer slowly until the lentils are soft.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste and then blend until fairly smooth.
3. That’s it! Serve with fresh baked rolls