Pasta & Lentil Soup With Smoked Pork Hocks
January 24, 2015
Categories: Comfort Food, Dinner, Main Dish, Beans, Pork, Ham, Budget-Friendly, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Fall/Autumn, Sunday Dinner, Winter, Stove Top, Canned Tomatoes, Make it from scratch more
"I just love this soup, I've already made it a zillion times. It also freezes great. This requires the hocks to cook in the broth in another pot until they are very tender so you will need 2 pots. Total cooking is around 2 1/2 hours that's including the cooking of the smoked hocks. If you don't have smoked ham hocks, you can use smoked turkey drumsticks really anything smoked will do"
- Serving Size: 1 (1151.3 g)
- Calories 1137.3
- Total Fat - 48.2 g
- Saturated Fat - 14.4 g
- Cholesterol - 452.1 mg
- Sodium - 6322.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 70.5 g
- Dietary Fiber - 27.9 g
- Sugars - 7.5 g
- Protein - 107.1 g
- Calcium - 196.6 mg
- Iron - 12.1 mg
- Vitamin C - 18.6 mg
- Thiamin - 1.1 mg
Step by Step Method
In a large pot, add the chicken broth and smoked hocks; bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover tightly with a lid and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until the hocks are tender.
When the hocks are tender, remove from the broth and remove the meat, return the meat to the broth.
In another heavy large pot heat some olive oil. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat.
Ladle in all the cooked hock meat and all the broth from the other pot, and the thyme; bring to a simmer, cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes of cooking time, stir in the pasta, continue simmering until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Tips & Variations
- 2 large pots