Ham and Lentil Soup

Ham and Lentil Soup


I always like cooking ham and I often find myself thinking that my favorite part is the leftovers; especially that ham bone. Ham bones can be used to either make a nice ham stock or you can just throw the bone right into any number of tasty soups and it adds a ton of flavour as simmers away. This time I was thinking that I don't use lentils often enough and that a ham and lentil soup would be really nice. I don't normally use a recipe for these kinds of soups as they are so easy. After I have decided on the primary ingredients I normally go for the standard onion, carrot and celery combo along with some stock. From there I add a few herbs, fresh or preserved and I like to finish the soups off with a green vegetable, in this case I went with some spinach. The soup is really easy to make and once you are done with all of the chopping you can relax while it simmers and draws out all of the flavours. The ham and lentil soup turned out great! It was nice and tasty and I really enjoyed the texture of the lentils in the soup. I will need to experiment some more with lentil soups.

Ham and Lentil Soup

(makes 4-6 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
2 stalks celery (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
4 cups ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
1 cup lentils
2 cups ham (diced)
1 ham bone (optional)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon thyme
pepper to taste
1 bunch spinach (rinsed and trimmed)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan.
2. Add the onions, carrot and celery and saute until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, a few minutes.
4. Add the stock, lentils, ham, ham bone, oregano, bay leaf and thyme and simmer, covered on low heat for an hour.
5. Remove from heat and stir in the spinach.

Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1-3, place everything except the spinach in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before adding the spinach.

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63 comments:

Sharon said...

Looks great Kevin! Love lentils!

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, lentils & spinach!!

Y said...

Tasty! Will have to remember to make this in the near future. Cooked a batch of pork 'n' beans recently, so I've od-ed on the combination for the time being.

Amanda @ Fake Ginger said...

That looks delicious. I wish my husband would eat lentils. :(

Jessica said...

Wow, I can imagine the flavors! This would go great with the balsamic syrup drizzled baguette I just posted.

Marta said...

Lentils are the best food ever, so nutritious and flavourful! Thanks for this great recipe :)

meeso said...

The best part about ham IS the leftovers... the soup looks great!

Leslie said...

What a nice, filling and healthy soup!

homecooked said...

Love lentils. The addition of ham seems interesting. Looks delicious.

Dragon said...

Another winning combination!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Kevin,

This soup looks devine! Seriously! Thanks for posting it, makes me want to try it and venture into the lentil world.

Bravo!

Jenifer

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Kevin - The addition of the greens is really great. A nice change from the beans and ham soup I normally make with leftover ham bones.

Katrina said...

We're feeling a little all "hammed" out here from the big Easter dinner and all the leftovers, but this soup looks SO good. And there's still more ham, the perfect kind for cutting little chunks.

Kerstin said...

Looks delicious - I love the spinach you added!

Adrienne said...

Kevin, that looks great! I'll have to make it for just me, as bf does not eat piggies, but! I think it would be pretty in pink with red lentils, too. Yum.

SD said...

well, now I know what to do with the ham bone left over from your gingersnap crusted ham post (fantastic, by the way) I served for Easter...

Melynda said...

It is the "green" that makes this soup so wonderful. Great idea, thanks.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love Lentil soup. I'll try your version as soon as it's not over 80 degrees here in Texas. Look yum.

Maryann said...

The spinach is nice and green-soup looks great :)

unconfidential cook said...

This looks just great! It's unseasonably cold here in LA, and what a perfect dinner (this would have been...tonight).

alice said...

Beautiful dish as always Kevin.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightfully comforting dish with gorgeous flavors!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sylvie said...

Ham and lentils are a perfect combination.

lillian said...

Looks great!You could also try adding to your standard stock and veggies,some olive oil,tomato paste,1 tsp sugar,oregano,and a WHOLE head of peeled,UNchopped garlic!!!

mirtilla said...

Bellissima da vedere, buonissima da mangiare...
Buona giornata.

Debbie said...

I just love lentil soup. Looks great!

Steph said...

I love lentil soup!

mycookinghut said...

What a delicious dish! My kinda food!

Culinary Cory said...

Sounds like a perfect way for me to use up some of my leftover ham.

Jan said...

Great looking soup Kevin!

Netts Nook said...

Kevin your soup looks great love all the lentils.

Cheryl said...

YUM that looks good, dang it I gave my ham bone to my sister in law!

burpandslurp said...

wow...with the ham, this soup must be SO flavorful! I've been looking for lentil recipes, so thanks for this! now, to find me a ham bone...

Allie said...

How beautiful, Kevin. Thank you for reminding me to use my lentils, and in such an appetising way!

Marysol said...

Well, Kevin, you must be Peh-sychic.
I'd been craving Lentil soup all week long, and here's your timely, not to mention, delicious rendition of a wonderful soup.

lisaiscooking said...

I love lentil soup with spinach! Looks great!

stephchows said...

this sounds absolutely delicious!!

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Deseree said...

That looks delicious! It is still a little cold here so soup sounds wonderful :)

Allen of EOL said...

The colors in this are amazing -- it looks so delicious and is perfect for a chilly day.

Helene said...

This is such a great recipe. I love leftover ham as well.

Phyllis said...

MMMMMMM....homemade ham and lentil soup. I've always had it straight from the can!

b/t/w I've given your blog an "I Love Your Blog" award on my latest post. Your gorgeous photos and recipes are very inspiring!

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Christina said...

Ooooh your lentil soup looks so good. I used to make split pea soups with smoked turkey too. The smoked turkey gives the same result as the ham. Your soup is reminding me that it's about time for me to make mine again :-)

Christina

Peet said...

This soup looks absolutely delicious! And couldn't be better timing - i have some ham that needs to be used up, and what a great way to do it!

SusanQ said...

We were thinking along the same lines this week. I couldn't decide between lentils, peas or beans and beans won :)

megan (brooklyn farmhouse) said...

I love lentils, and lentils & ham - classic, delicious combo! Great photo, too!

eatme_delicious said...

Your photos are so gorgeous!

Jan said...

That looks like a wonderfully hearty soup.

Jeanne said...

All my favourite things in one bowl!! Definitely destined for my bookmarks :)

Peet said...

Hey Kevin, i made your soup on the weekend and it was just as delicious as it looked in your picture! Thanks for a great recipe!

NIKKI said...

can't go wrong with that meal!

mirtilla said...

Ho parlato della tua ricetta ad una mia amica. Ha detto che la zuppa si fa anche coi ceci al posto delle lenticchie...

Dazy said...

I like soups in winter, warming nourishing and usually make my own.
This one looks little thick and my kids like thick one too. It would be healthy too for them.

Anonymous said...

I love addding a bit of white wine vinegar in the soup on my serving bowl. It adds a great bite to the soup.

Brittany said...

Could you use sausage rather than ham and prepare it the same way?

Kevin said...

Brittany: I would say that a nice and tasty Italian sausage (or something similar) would also work really well.

Anonymous said...

Hey I used your recipe last night and made this for dinner! So easy and my husband and I loved it! Thanks!!

EricB said...

this was delicious!!!

Christina said...

I made this last night - incredible! Mine looked very different than yours and my lentils completely disappeared! But it was so delicious. Thank you!

masmix said...

Just made this and it is unbelievably good. AS in AWESOME!!!!

ham and spinach soup said...

i’ve been meaning to make this soup since i first found your blog. SO easy, and so simple.,, Thanks,

Anonymous said...

Your blog smells wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Ok - I'm trying it this evening with the leftover ham bone from Christmas! No ham meat, no stock, but I do have the rest of the ingredients.... can't wait! Yum!

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