A number of wonderful soups can be made when you have a nice ham bone with bits of meat on it. The spicy ham, dried legumes, and fresh vegetables make filling and tasty fare.
Soak the lentils overnight. In the morning. put them with the ham bone, vegetables, and the seasonings in water and cook for 2-3 hours. Remove the ham bone, the bay leaf and the thyme. Skim the soup if necessary. Cut pieces of meat from the ham bone and return to the soup.