Ham Hock and Lentil Soup

8 to 10 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups small diced onions
  • 1 cup small diced celery
  • 1 cup small diced carrots
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 3 to 4 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 pound orange lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, celery, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves and thyme. Saute for 1 minute. Add the ham hocks and stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook about 1 hour, or until the hocks are tender. Add the lentils and continue cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Reseason with salt and pepper if needed. Remove the ham hocks and remove the meat. Add the ham back into the soup. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls and serve with crusty bread.

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while i really hate Emeril and avoid his recipes at all cost I was intrigued by this recipe and gave it a shot. Turned out great. I halved most of the ingredients - don't need as many portions. I also omitted salting at the end - the smoked shank added plenty of salt. Further, I only used one piece of ham - we don't eat that much meat. I also traded the chicken stock for vegetable stock and while i was concerned the flavors really came together well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Needed a quick recipe for Ham Hocks and Lentil Soup, Emeril Lagasse's recipe came through for me! I used 2 teaspoons of dried thyme instead of the fresh ones. Just to kick-it-up-a-notch, I added 2 small cut up potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added chunks of ham and this was outrageously delicious! The lentils, ham, carrots and celery seem to melt together. The children even loved it which means this has become a "go to" meal for me. The only way to make this one better is if Emeril made it for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go-to basic lentil soup recipe. All I do is add any other item I want to modify it with such as chicken, meat, lamb, ham, etc. Delicious on its own, of course. Making it today, again... on this cold day in FL (56 deg. F). item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious! I loved this thick warming soup. My only complaint is it was a tad salty. There's no need to salt the vegetables as they're cooking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and easy. Thanks again Emeril. I followed the recipe almost exactly..(I isn't possible to get anything but dried tan lentils here) ....but ham hocks are always available. I had to cook the lentils for an additional 25 minutes and add a cup more stock. The end result was very comforting smoky ham and beans dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't like posting reviews on recipes I've modified but I will in this case because it might help other users. Ham hocks are mostly skin, bone, and cartilage. If you cook this recipe with only ham hocks, there will be very little meat to eat. I substituted ham hocks with smoked neck bones because they have the same smokey flavor and they have some meat on them. In addition, I used standard green lentils. Green lentils take about fifty minutes or so to cook so I added them about forty minutes after adding the neck bones. Everything else was completed per recipe instructions. The soup was very tasty and I'd definitely make it again. The smokey meat with the beans and vegetables reminds me of good ole' country-style food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good soup. To those who said the soup took much longer to make, you must use the orange lentils as mentioned in the recipe (red lentils. They cook much faster than the "regular" lentils. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was just so, so. Just trying to get everyone to eat their lentils...but no such luck. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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