Lentil Soup with Ham Bone
1 pound lentils, washed and drained
1 celery rib, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
7 to 8 cups water
1 ham bone, thinly sliced kielbasa or hot smoked sausage
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red hot pepper flakes
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients except pepper and salt in slow cooker.
Cover. Cook on Low 8 to 9 hours. Remove bay leaf and ham bone. Dice meat from bone and return to cooker.
Season to taste with pepper and salt.
Serve alone, or over rice with grated cheese on top. Makes 6 to 8 servings.