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Easy Spanish Lentil Soup with Ham Recipe

There are different versions throughout the world of the famous lentil soup, but without a doubt one of the best is the Spanish lentil soup with ham. This soup combines the flavors of different vegetables with the presence of ham, which makes it a very tasty and filling soup.

So I invite you to read this article and learn more about the popular lentil soup, and take note of this ham and lentil soup recipe, as it will undoubtedly become one of your favorites.

Let’s dive in how to make Spanish Lentil Soup with Ham.

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Background of the dish

Spanish Lentil Soup with Ham Recipe

If you visited the south of Spain or are lucky enough to live in that region, it is likely that you are already familiar with lentil and ham soup, and that you have even eaten it many times. However, there is a large part of the history of this recipe that you may not know.

The creation of this recipe for ham and lentil soup is currently known as a mix between Middle Eastern cuisine and Andalusian cuisine.

Thanks to the commercial exchange of both regions that had a boom in the 18th century, it was possible to combine two popular ingredients from each place; Spanish ham and Middle Eastern lentils.

It was originally considered that eating Spanish Lentil Soup (with Ham) helped you improve the state of mind, removing any type of depression or emotional problems.

Over the years, scientists discovered that this is because people were likely to suffer from anemia or some other type of illness related to malnutrition, and the large amount of nutrients in this soup made them improve quickly.

In the present day, this recipe for lentil and ham soup continues to be extremely popular since it is ingrained in Andalusian homes, and it is also pretty cheap and easy to make. I recommend that you try it and fill your body with all the nutrients that these ingredients offer you!

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Things You’ll Need for Ham and Lentil Soup

For this easy lentil soup with ham recipe, it is very likely that you already have everything you need in your home! The best part of this recipe is that the only kitchen tool that you need is a large pot where you can fit everything, so it is really simple!

As it happens with most lentil soup recipes with ham, you might have some trouble finding the type of lentils or ham that this recipe calls for, but don’t worry! I’ll show you all of the ingredients replacements that you can make.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe of lentil soup with ham a try! Spanish Lentil Soup with Ham is one of the easiest to make!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups (⅔ pounds) green lentils (hydrated, washed and drained)
  • 3 carrots (cubed)
  • 2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ham bone
  • 6 cups (1.4l) water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

How to make Lentil Soup with Ham – Step by Step Guide

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  1. To start with this Spanish lentil soup with ham recipe, grab a large pot and put the ham bone, water, lentils, carrots, onions and minced garlic inside. You can chop the vegetables in any size of your choice, I always recommend that the onion be cut into a small size so its flavor does not invade the whole soup.  Place it at a high heat, cover it and bring to a boil. You can use any type of pot, saucepan and even a dutch oven to make this soup. 
  2. After that, reduce the heat to a low and simmer the ham and lentil soup for 50 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Remove the ham bone but keep the rest of the soup on the stove. The time depends on the type of lentils, this time is for green lentils.
  3. Up next, grab the ham bone and take the meat from it, cutting it into cubes of any size of your choice. I usually cut them into a bite size, this way you won’t have to use a fork and knife while eating the soup.
  4. Then return the meat cubes to the soup and heat for 10 minutes so that the taste of the now cut ham reaches everywhere. 
  5. Serve your ham lentil soup in small separate bowls and garnish with chopped parsley.

Substitution of ingredients

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You can change this ham bone lentil soup and customize it however you want! There are hundreds of changes that you can make in the ingredients and in any case this soup will continue to have its essence and Andalusian stamp.

The recommendation that I always make, and not only for soups but also for other dishes, is that you do not be afraid to experiment with spices.

For example, this recipe could be seasoned only with pepper and alone calmly, but I invite you to add a little turmeric and paprika to highlight all the flavors and even add more color to the soup.

When it comes to vegetables, this recipe also allows you to play a lot. You can add different vegetables like potato, sweet potato, or even corn.

If you want a vegetarian version of this dish, you can make it just by removing the ham, although you should also replace the water with vegetable broth since otherwise it will have little flavor since it will lack the fat from the ham.

As for the ham, I recommend using jamon bone, although without a doubt you can make this same lentil soup recipe with ham hock. I personally recommend the ham bone because it tends to have a better texture and is easier to cook. Anyway, you can also make it with Spanish chorizo, or oxtail.

Finally, for this recipe you can use any type of lentil that you like, although remember that they can have different cooking times so keep that in mind when making the recipe.

Even a recipe that was made very often in my home was with a can of cooked lentils and a can of beans, in this way my mother made a sort of lentils and bean soup with ham bone.

Tips on Serving Lentil Soup with Ham

spanish lentil soup with parsley topping, Tips on Serving Lentil Soup with Ham

There are many ways you can serve this lentils and ham soup, and some will help you innovate and make your dish seem like part of the menu of a fancy restaurant.

Something you can do if you want your plate to stand out is to use medium country bread rolls, hollow them out, and serve the soup in there.

At first it may seem difficult, but it is very simple and the bread bowl contains the soup very well. In the same way that you would with a Spanish bread soup, you can add the leftover bread crumbs, or even toast it with olive oil and use it as croutons.

Finally, you can serve it at any time of the day and in any amount. If you are looking for what to eat in Seville, you will notice that they offer a version of this lentil soup with ham bone both as a main course or as an entree, where only the size of the dishes varies.

How to store Ham and Lentil Soup

How to store Ham and Lentil Soup

If you made more ham bone lentil soup that what you needed, or you simply want to make and eat it another day, there are different tips that will help you do it without failing when trying.

Fortunately, this soup can be frozen and stored for a long time, or left in the fridge and stored for just a couple of days. Next I will give you some tips that will make this soup become one of your favorites for meal prep.

The easiest thing to do if you want to store this Spanish ham and lentil soup is to wait a couple of minutes for it to stop steaming and store it in the refrigerator.

You can keep it in the same pot or transfer it to smaller containers. If you do the latter, it will cool down much faster. Then you just have to heat it!

This ham and lentil soup last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

As with other soups that contain meat, such as Spanish beef soup or Spanish oxtail soup, you are often left wondering whether it can be frozen or not. The good thing is that if you make it with this lentil soup recipe with ham, then it can be frozen without any problem, and it will retain its flavor until the last day.

You just have to make it cool before freezing it, you can do it in the refrigerator if you wait for it to stop releasing steam, or if you don’t have that much time you can transfer it to a bowl and place it on top of a bowl full of ice, this way it will cool quickly .

Then store it in a bowl, or you can separate it into small containers to remove just what you want to eat. It can last up to 3 months in the freezer without losing its flavor.

To unfreeze, leave it the night before in the fridge. Never thaw food at room temperature as this will expose it to hundreds of bacteria.

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Recipe Card: Lentil Soup with Ham

Yield: 6

Spanish Lentil Soup with Ham

lentil soup with ham closeup

There are different versions throughout the world of the famous lentil soup, but without a doubt one of the best is the Spanish lentil soup with ham.

This soup combines the flavors of different vegetables with the presence of ham, which makes it a very tasty and filling soup.

So I invite you to read this article and learn more about the popular lentil soup, and take note of this ham and lentil soup recipe, as it will undoubtedly become one of your favorites.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups (⅔ pounds) green lentils (hydrated, washed and drained)
  • 3 carrots (cubed)
  • 2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ham bone
  • 6 cups (1.4l) water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

Instructions

  1. In a large pot gather the ham bone, water, lentils, carrots, onions and minced garlic.  Place it at high heat, cover it and bring to a boil.  
  2. After that, reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 50 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Remove the ham bone but keep the rest of the soup on the stove. 
  3. Grab the ham bone and take the meat from it, cutting it into cubes of any size of your choice. 
  4. Return the meat cubes to the soup and heat for 10 minutes. 
  5. Serve in small separate bowls and garnish with chopped parsley.

Notes

This lentil ham soup recipe calls for water instead of broth, this is because the ham bone already adds a lot of fat and salt to the recipe.

If you use broth, try to use a low-sodium one, otherwise, it’ll be way too salty.

You can replace the green lentils with any of your choices, or you can even use beans or white beans. If you choose the latter, I recommend you to check the Spanish Bean Soup and the Spanish white bean soup, you can add ham to either of those recipes without any problem!

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 14mgSodium 283mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 7g

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