Creamy Lentil Soup with Serrano Ham
Victoria Amory thinks this soup represents the best of Andalusian country cooking. Though it's a basic recipe--you saut? the aromatic vegetables, add the stock and lentils and simmer until the soup is done--pureeing it adds elegance. You can top the soup with crunchy croutons or even dress it up with a dice of foie gras.