Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.
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-coloured soup, and the vitamin C in the tomatoes improves the absorption of the iron in the lentils.
Ingredients for Easy Lentil & Ham Slow Cooker Soup
- 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (19 oz) lentils, rinsed & 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
- Sauté onions and red pepper in small amount of olive oil over low heat for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
- Rinse and drain lentils.
- Add lentils, ham, sautéed onions and peppers, garlic, diced tomatoes (with juice from can) and chicken broth to crockpot.
- Sprinkle with pepper.
- Stir lightly to mix and put lid on slow cooker.
- Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.
- Serve and enjoy. Top with grated parmesan or cheddar cheese, if desired.
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|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
3 hours 15 min
This soup makes a hearty and nutritious lunch and also freezes well. Freeze leftover soup in individual serving size containers for future lunches.
|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
Low fat and low calorie- may aid in weight loss
© 2012 Kathy Sima