Monday, October 6, 2014

Lentil soup from leftovers

There is one thing that my family know. If there's any left over meat from a pork roast, the next day they'd be getting fried rice. It's my favourite go to recipe for pork leftovers.

There is a new thing, they will too, come to know. 

After a roast chook, they can bet their bottom dollar, there will be chickeny lentil soup on the stove the next day!

You will need:

1 leftover roast chook carcass. If there is stuffing, remove it. 

Place chicken carcass in a large saucepan, and if there is any left over meat chuck that in too. Add in a couple of litres of water.

Cover and simmer for half an hour. Remove carcass and any meat and let cool. Pick any meat that is still on the bones into a bowl, cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge. Put the stock in the fridge too.

The next day, strain the liquid into a bowl.  You will need about 6 cups for the soup. Freeze any leftover chicken stock for something else. More soup, or rice, whatevs.

Lentil Soup

1 tablespoon oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped finely
2 celery stalks, chopped finely
1 375 gram packet of green lentils, rinsed and drained
6 cups of chicken stock.
handful of fresh parsley, chopped 

Heat oil in a large saucepan, gently fry garlic, onion and celery for 5 minutes.
Add any chicken meat, stock, parsley and lentils. Season with pepper only. Do not add salt at this stage, it prevents the lentils from softening or something like that. It's a thing.
Bring to the boil, then simmer, covered, for 1 hour.

Season with salt to taste.




  1. Replies
    1. I think so too. It's getting something extra from your roast chook!

  2. I was eyeing off my lentil collection just the other day and thinking I should make soup too!

    1. I just made onion dahl with my red lentils, it was Sooo delicious!

  3. We have a leftover chook in the fridge as we speak! I don't link lentils, not sure why, maybe it's because we ate it so much as a kid. Sure I could use something else! I hope you're doing well lovely xxx

  4. We tend to make a curry whenever we have leftover roast meat - funny how we all have go to recipes for our leftovers!

  5. Yum, I think I'll try this Lentil soup, it looks delicious.

  6. oh I didn't know that about salt and lentils!! I wonder if that's been my problem. I only use red lentils as they soften easier and I've given up on all the other colours.

    I love your recipes! They are so simple and basic. They fit my values and eating restrictions. Keep it up!

  7. Can't go wrong with lentil soup. I love the green lentils! :)

  8. Yes, delicious lentils, one of my favorite dishes, lovely photos !!

  9. Hi! I've been very distracted lately and feel like I've missed visiting for a few weeks...or maybe not, I don't even know. Anyways thanks a bunch for hosting :)

    1. Thanks for coming to link up Paula. The weeks seem to go so fast don't they?!


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