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Featured Recipe

Ham and Vegetable Soup


The Ham or Bacon

2 pounds (900 g) raw bacon or ham collar, soaked in cold water for 24 hours
1 onion
2 carrots
1 leek
2 celery stalks
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 cups chicken broth or water

The Soup

1 pound (450 g) carrots
2 onions
6 celery stalks
1 pound (450 g) rutabaga
1 pound (450 g) parsnips
cup unsalted butter
cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tablespoons pearl barley (optional)
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

To cook the ham or bacon, roughly chop all the vegetables into inch (1.5 cm) dice and cook in the butter on medium-low for about 5 minutes without letting them brown. Add the herbs, cover and continue to cook until slightly softened. Keeping a lid on the vegetables will create steam within the pan; this prevents them from coloring and cooks them at the same time.

Pour on the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon or ham and bring back to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook for about 45 minutes. Leave the meat to stand in its own cooking liquid until cold. This part of the job can be done the day before or in the morning. It keeps the meat moist and helps the stock take on the maximum taste.

Remove the bacon or ham from the broth and cut it into inch (1.5 cm) dice. Strain the broth through a sieve.

To prepare the soup, roughly chop all the vegetables into inch (1.5 cm) dice, keeping the rutabaga and parsnip separate from the others. Melt the butter in a large pan with the olive oil. Add the carrots, onions, celery, and garlic. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the pearl barley, if using, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring from time to time. Pour on the reserved broth and bring to a simmer. Let the soup simmer gently until the diced carrots are softened, about 20 minutes.

Add the diced rutabaga and parsnips and continue to cook for another 10 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked. Add the diced bacon or ham and season with salt and pepper.

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