Lentil Soup with Ham & Greens ~ posted by OhM

Lentil w/Ham & Greens (Easy!)

olive oil
1c chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
5c chicken broth
1c dried lentils
1/2c chopped carrot
2 bay leaves
3c chopped Swiss chard, collard greens, or spinach
1 1/2c chopped baking potato
1c chopped smoked ham
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
1tsp dried basil
1/2tsp dried thyme
1/2tsp black pepper
4Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 5 min. Add broth, lentils, carrot, and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add greens, potato, and ham; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in tomatoes, basil, thyme, and pepper; simmer 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle w/parsley. Yield: 5 servings (about 1 1/2 cup per serving.)

The recipe came with a wine note! Riesling is usually paired with such dishes in Northern Europe, where ham and lentils often appear on the menu.

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