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Hearty Lentil Soup with Ham

1 Smoked ham hock
1 lb Brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed
3 c Sliced mushrooms
1 lg Onion, chopped
1 Garlic clove, minced
3 Carrots, chopped
3 Ribs celery, chopped
1 ts Dried thyme
1 Bay leaf
4 c Chicken broth
8 c Water
Salt and pepper
3 tb Chopped fresh parsley

In a large pot combine all of the ingredients and bring soup to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce heat and simmer soup, partially covered, for 1 hour. Remove ham hock from soup, remove meat from bone and shred or dice ham. Stir ham into soup and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes. Taste soup and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and serve hot.

Yield: 12 cups

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