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Lentil Pheasant Soup

2 tb Olive oil
2 tb Unsalted butter
3 Carrots cut into 1/2-in dice
3 Celery stalks cup into 1/2-in dice
1 md Parsnip, peeled cut into 1/4-in dice
3 cl Garlic, minced and peeled
4 c Defatted canned or fresh made chicken broth
3 c Drained crushed canned plum tomatoes
1 c Dried lentils rinsed well
2 lb Pheasant/chicken/guinea hen Quartered with backbone
6 tb Italian parsley
1 tb Chopped fresh rosemary OR
1 ts Dried rosemary
1/4 ts Ground allspice
Fresh ground black pepper
Salt to taste optional
3/4 c Dry sherry


Heat oil and butter in s soup pot. Add carrots, onions, celery, parsnip and garlic. Cook, covered, over medium heat for 15 minutes to wilt vegetables. Stir once. Add broth, tomatos, lentils, pheasant legs and backbone. Simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Add pheasant breasts and simmer another 15 minutes. Remove legs and breasts; reserve. Leave backbone in. Add 4 Tb parsley, rosemary, allspice, pepper and salt. Stir and simmer, covered, another 20 minutes. While soup simmers, remove skin from pheasant and shred meat. Remove cover from soup, add shredded pheasant, shhery and remaining parsley. Serve immediately.


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