Quick and easy, deeply nourishing and utterly delicious.
2lbssmoked turkey leg or bone-in ham hocks and shanks
1whole, smallhead of garlichalved horizontally (leave skin on)
1tsppoultry seasoning mix
1/2tspfreshly ground black pepper
2leeksdark green sections discarded, white and light green parts thoroughly washed and thinly sliced
10ozYukon Gold potatoespeeled and cut into roughly 1/2-inch cubes
1.5cupsdry lentilsbrown or green (French Puy lentils); no need to soak these
2 bay leaves
1-2tbsp red wine vinegar
8tbspextra-virgin olive oilto drizzle over the soup
Put turkey leg or ham hocks and shanks in the Instant Pot along with the onion halves, the halved head of garlic, 2 of the celery stalks (coarsely chopped), 2 of the carrots (coarsely chopped), water,seasoning mix, salt and pepper. Lock the lid and program to HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes.
While the meat is cooking, chop the remaining 2 stalks of celery, peel and chop the 3 remaining carrots, clean and slice the leeks and peel and cube the potatoes. Set aside.
Once the meat has finished cooking, cover the pressure valve with a kitchen towel and shift it to VENTING; let the steam escape completely before opening the lid.
Using kitchen tongs, transfer the meat to a plate to cool. Place a sieve over a large, clean bowl and strain the broth into the bowl. Then return the broth to the pot. Add the chopped vegetables and lentils and 2 bay leaves. Lock the lid and program to HIGH PRESSURE for 10 minutes.
While the vegetables and lentils are cooking, finely chop the parsley and raw garlic clove(s) with a chef’s knife. Once cool enough to handle,shred the meat. When the cooking time is up, again quick-release the steam via the towel-covered vent. Lift off the lid, add the meat and fold gently into the lentil and vegetable soup.
Press SAUTE to reheat the meat for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the chopped parsley and garlic mixture. Season to taste with salt, pepper and red wine vinegar.
Ladle into bowls and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Accompany with a slice of toasted sourdough bread, if desired. (Bread not included in the nutrition calculation below.)