Today in Poland, the Poles love lentils in a variety of dishes, from pierogi to soup. Here is a Polish lentil soup recipe that tastes amazing with a good smocked ham hock, but you can leave it out and make the soup vegetarian if you chose. A typical complaint is that lentil soup tends to get mushy, so make sure to add your lentils last so you don't overcook them. This soup recipe is a wonderful hearty meal that can be enjoyed for several days.
POLISH LENTIL SOUP DIRECTIONS
1. Put ham hock in a large pot, fill with water, add 2 bay leaves, and slowly cook for 3-4 hours to make a broth. Remove ham hock and cut meat into small pieces and set aside. Discard fat and bone.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients such as the vegetables and seasonings to broth, leaving the pasta and lentils out. Cook until vegetables are soft, about one hour.
3. Add washed and picked lentils and cook for about 30 minutes until soft. When done, turn off heat and add pasta and cook for about 20 minutes.
4. Top with sour cream mixture and serve!