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I just made this soup last night and it was wonderful. The smokey flavor of the ham hocks adds just the right touch. For the base, I added 6 cups low fat chicken broth and then added 6 cups water. I also added thinly sliced Kielbasa sausage during the last half hour, for my husband the carnivore! We dunked bits of Foccacia in ours.

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Dawn December 06, 2001

This soup is just like the soup my Mum made when I was growing up, love this sort of smoky flavour in soups, and also the pea and lentil texture. I used 2 ham hocks as the two of them weighed 3 1/2 lbs. This made a huge pot and is very filling. Delicious!

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Evie* May 15, 2002

We've never tried anything like this and were happy with the results. We also replaced 6 cups of the water with fat free chicken broth . Instead of the ham hocks, we used 99% fat free ham steak. Very yummy...and very healthy!! Especially if it is a cold day outside.

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Cooking Wife March 17, 2002

I'm going back to the store and buying two more ham hocks! This was GREAT. Dorothy, the kids even liked it, pea soup. Can you believe that! I've never put lentils in pea soup before. This is a nice combination of the two flavors.

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Charlotte J February 09, 2003

This was delicious. Couldn't find ham hocks in Hong Kong but did find an imported cooked turkey leg and it turned out beautifully. Makes a large quantity, so cut it in half if you don't want to be eating it all week, or try freezing it.

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amberinhongkong January 26, 2003

I've made this soup several times and it's always a big hit. We're vegetarians so I substitute fake ham flavoring for the ham hocks. I also make it in a pressure cooker to save time - takes about 20 minutes and we're ready to eat! The spices really blend well in this soup and give it a very savory flavor.

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mary lacy December 14, 2003

love this soup.. this is my second time making it. I used less water then called for, and half of that was chicken broth. I added extra onion also.thanks for a great recipe.

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Lou November 16, 2011

I didn't blend it because I cut up a joint of ham and added it in early. Tastes good unblended too!

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racehorse87 October 13, 2011

Fabulous! I loved this hearty soup. I used cubed ham instead of hamhocks and it had a wonderful flavor! I will definitely make this a lot during the cold weather!

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HilaryEm October 23, 2009

I didn't have ham hocks, so I used 1 pound of smoked ham diced up. I also didn't use the celery due to allergy. This was tasty, but I wasn't happy with the texture. We used only 8 cups of water and it was still watery. Also I didn't have lentils so I used some yellow peas and more green peas. Also I cooked this in my crock pot. We had this as the main course for a birthday party and the pot was literally licked clean! Thanks Derf!

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razzintaz September 01, 2008
Lentil and Pea Soup (Ham Hocks)