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Easy Lentil and Ham Slow Cooker Soup Recipe

Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

Easy lentil and ham slow cooker soup

Easy lentil and ham slow cooker soup

Easy, Tasty, Healthy

This easy-to-assemble, hearty slow cooker soup recipe is healthy, tasty, and a great way to use up leftover cooked ham from a holiday meal.

I made up this recipe when trying to come up with creative ways to use leftover ham after a big holiday meal. I do like traditional lentil soup, but find that many people find the brownish color a little off-putting—especially kids. The addition of diced tomatoes results in a more appealing reddish-colored soup, and the vitamin C in the tomatoes improves the absorption of the iron in the lentils.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

3 hours

3 hours 15 min

6-8 servings

Ingredients for Easy Lentil and Ham Slow Cooker Soup

  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz) lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/3 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tsp minced garlic, optional
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions and red pepper in a small amount of olive oil over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
  2. Rinse and drain lentils.
  3. Add lentils, ham, sautéed onions and peppers, garlic, diced tomatoes (with juice from a can) and chicken broth to the crockpot.
  4. Sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Stir lightly to mix and put the lid on the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy. Top with grated parmesan or cheddar cheese, if desired.

Leftovers?

This soup makes a hearty and nutritious lunch and also freezes well. Freeze leftover soup in individual serving size containers for future lunches.

Leftover soup makes a quick and healthy lunch.

Leftover soup makes a quick and healthy lunch.

Nutritional and Health Benefits of Lentils

  • Good source of fiber, folate, protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Aids in digestion; may help prevent digestive disorders
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Provides energy
  • May aid in weight loss (low-fat and low-calorie)

© 2012 Kathy Sima