Lentil Soup with Holiday Ham

Jamie Purviance

Fuel Type:
  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Grilling Time

    1 h


the Ingredients

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  • 1 large white or yellow onion, cut crosswise into 12-millimeter slices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 125 grams finely chopped carrot
  • 1½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 225 grams dried lentils (1¼ cups), rinsed
  • 120 milliliters medium-dry sherry or vermouth
  • 1.2 liter low-sodium chicken broth
  • 225 grams finely chopped cooked ham (about 1½ cups), divided
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Special Equipment

  • large grill-proof pot


  • Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (200° to 260°C).
  • Lightly brush the onion slices with oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Grill the onion slices over direct heat, with the lid closed, until tender and marked by the grill, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and roughly chop.
  • Place a large, deep grill-proof pot over direct heat, add 2 tablespoons oil, and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the carrot and stir until slightly softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and curry powder and cook for 1 minute more, then stir in the grilled onion. Add the lentils and stir to coat with the oil. Add the sherry and, when it comes to a boil, cook until it has almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot, move over indirect medium-high heat, close the lid, and cook until the lentils are very soft, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the grill.
  • Spoon one-third of the soup (about 480 milliliters) into a blender. Cool slightly, and then blend until smooth with the lid slightly ajar. Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in two-thirds of the ham, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place the pot over direct heat, close the lid, and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with the remaining ham and the parsley. Serve warm.

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