I love lentil soup, and I make it as soon as the weather turns colder. Although it was 80 degrees yesterday, I made a big pot. The ingredients can all be adjusted for personal taste, and I use red lentils that cook in the fraction of the time of the green.
¼ inch thick slice of ham
1 tsp turmeric
pinch of cumin
red lentils (bright orange)
Cube the ham and brown it in a dry pot.
Add olive oil and diced onion, cook until translucent and add celery, then carrots
Add 1 tsp turmeric, pinch cumin and salt and pepper
Add chicken stock and some water and bring to a boil
Add ¾ of the lentils, simmer
Add the ¼ toward the end of cook time and it will give the soup better texture