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North East New Years soup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 10
A traditional bacon, lentil and suede soup from the north east of England


  • 400g lentils
  • 1 small suede
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 700g gammon joint
  • 2 litres vegetable stock.
  • 1.5 litres cold water


  • STEP 1
    In a very large pan cover the gammon with the water and boil for 1.5 hours or according to instructions. Keep the liquor. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
  • STEP 2
    Heat fat in a very large pan. Chop onions and celery and fry over a gentle heat for 10 minutes.
  • STEP 3
    Meanwhile chop the gammon, suede and carrots into small cubes.
  • STEP 4
    Add the suede and carrot to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • STEP 5
    Add the gammon liquor, the gammon and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • STEP 6
    Leave to cool and once cool, blend. Reheat before serving.

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