Ingredients for 6:
200g / 1 cup lentils - brown, green or Le Puy
2 sticks celery, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped roughly
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
150g / 1 cup diced ham
1/2 tsp herbes de provence or mixed herbs
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 litre water
2 chicken stock cubes
1 tin (14 ox/ 400g) chopped tomatoes
Throw everything into the pot and simmer on Low for 8-12 hours.
A very tasty, warming soup with good and well-balanced flavour from the vegetables. You may want to add a little salt at the end. The one issue we had was that the ham we used (which was good quality) got quite stringy which I didn't like. I might use a smoked cooked pork sausage next time like the Mathesons ones which come in a horseshoe shape. I don't usually like using anything that processed but it would withstand the cooking well here. Alternatively, you could use pancetta or lardons or replace one of the chicken cubes with a ham stock cube which would also cut the cost of this economical dish even further. Totally cheating but it would solve the issue without losing much flavour.