John’s Lentil Soup

Makes about 10 Bowls


  • 3 Cups Lentils
  • 1 Cup Yellow Split Peas
  • 1 Smoked Gammon Joint
  • 3 Small Leeks
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Large Carrots
  • 1 Small Turnip about equal quantities to the carrots.
  • ½ Head of Celery
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Ham Stock Cubes


In a large soup pot, boil the ham for 1 ½ hours, then add the yellow split peas and boil for a further 30 minutes.

Remove the gammon and use for main meal (Dress and Roast) cut of the ends and chop up for putting in the soup later.

Into the pot add all your lentils and chopped veg.

Add about 2.5 litres of water or enough that it looks about right!

Boil for 40 minutes on a rolling simmer.

Blent everything. If it is too thick add more water.

Taste – if not hammy enough add another Ham stock cube, before seasoning, then season to taste after.

Add back the chopped up ham.