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A delicious, hearty Lentil Soup is just 30 minutes away when you use your Pressure Cooker!
Happy New Year friends! Each year on January 1 we celebrate with a hearty bowl of Lentil Soup. My grandma used to cook this family favorite on her stovetop for hours, but now we have this awesome Pressure Cooker (aka Instant Pot) that cooks our favorite good luck soup in a fraction of the time.
Why is this considered a “good luck” soup? Italians eat lentils on New Year’s for wealth and prosperity because the flat beans were believed to resemble Roman coins, and now it’s a tradition that’s followed around the world. Our soup is made with salty ham, because my grandma also believed in the superstition that pork was also good luck. Pigs root forward as they eat, as opposed to the back-scratching of chickens and turkeys and so is considered a symbol of progress, of moving forward in the New Near rather than backward.
We look forward to these traditions each year, even long after my grandma passed nearly 10 years ago. My kids love this thick, rich soup just as much as the grown-ups do, and we eat it year round, not just at New Year’s. The ham bone adds tons of flavor, and getting one that’s got a good amount of meat on it gives you some meat to shred right into the soup. We usually pick one up at the Honeybaked Ham store. Of course you can use a ham bone from your local grocery store along with some diced up ham (this is a great use for leftover ham!). Being the good Germans we are, we enjoy our slathered over a hot bowl of Spatzle, but you can enjoy the soup on it’s own just as much. Don’t forget to add a dollop of sour cream for richness!
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