Macedonian Lentil Soup

This is a fantastic recipe that I just obtained from my Macedonian friend, Julia.  I would include a picture, but, unfortunately, Jonathan and I just ate almost every bite and there’s not really enough left for picture-taking.  And the bag of lentils claimed to serve 13. (I think maybe we have a problem. That can only be remedied by more lentil soup.)

Macedonian Lentil Soup

  • 1 package lentils
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I actually used 1/4 of a pepper, since I’m not big into bell peppers)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (or a good quantity of frozen chopped onion!)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 spoonfuls of Vegeta (spice available at international grocery stores)
  • Carrots, chopped (as many as you like — adds a nice splash of color)
  • Salt to taste
  • Package of ham, chopped — or a ham bone, if you want to be thrifty and reuse the one that’s been in your freezer since Easter
  • Oil (I didn’t include this, since I had a nice fatty ham bone and didn’t figure it was necessary)
  • Black pepper (optional)
  • Paprika (optional — I say optional because I totally forgot to add any)

Put lentils in pot; cover with about two fingers of water above the lentils.  Boil about 10 minutes; drain and rinse in hot water.  Return to pot, with enough water to cover (Julia said three fingers of water over the lentils, but I liked it with less water).  Add oil, black pepper, onion, bell pepper, paprika, carrots, garlic, ham, and Vegeta.  Salt to taste.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover, stirring occasionally.  Cook until it’s done (about 20-25 minutes — just try a spoonful to see if the carrots are soft).

Julia says that it’s better leftover, as the flavors have more time to blend. We’ll take her word for it, because I don’t know if we have enough left over to test this statement.


About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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2 Responses to Macedonian Lentil Soup

  1. David says:

    I really luvs dis soop! It is probly de best soop I have ever dun et. I likt it better then sax, my favrit jazz insterment. Sho do luv de hambone dat go along wit it! For real, this was a tremendous meal and we have enough for like 4 meals!

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