Lentils and Ham Hocks
When you have food to use, use it. Make a soup!
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 2 ham hocks
- 1 head of garlic (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 4 cups water
- 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
- Pizza dough
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap it in aluminum foil, and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes or until the cloves are soft and golden brown. Set aside to cool. (optional)
- In a large pot, add the olive oil, diced onion, carrots, and celery, and sauté until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and add them to the pot, along with the dried thyme and rosemary. Stir well to combine the flavors.
- Add the red lentils and stir to coat them with the aromatics. Pour in the water, add ham hocks and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about an hour add potatoes during the last 30 minutes.
- While the soup is simmering, prepare the pizza dough according to my recipe or use store-bought dough. Roll out the dough into thin strips to make breadsticks.
- Preheat your oven to the temperature recommended for your pizza dough.
- Place the breadsticks on a baking sheet and brush them with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven according to the dough’s instructions or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
- Shred (and add back in the pot) the shredded ham hock meat to the soup and stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve hot with the pizza dough breadsticks on the side.
Now you can enjoy your Red Lentil and Ham Hock Soup with Herbs and Roasted Garlic, along with homemade pizza dough breadsticks. It’s a comforting and flavorful meal. Enjoy!
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