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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

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


  1. Sauté onions and red pepper in 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 can) and chicken broth to crockpot.
  4. Sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Stir lightly to mix and put lid on slow cooker.
  6. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy. Top with grated parmesan or cheddar cheese, if desired.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

3 hours

3 hours 15 min

6-8 servings


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

Low fat and low calorie- may aid in weight loss

© 2012 Kathy Sima

Comments on this recipe

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2012:

Thanks very much. I've often wished there was a delicious button too :)

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 30, 2012:

Oooh, I love lentils. I use them in soup all the time. I shall have to try this one. Thanks for sharing. Voted up. I wish they would add a delicious button...lol.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by alocsin. Glad you liked this recipe!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 22, 2012:

Lentils are one of my favorite foods so this sounds delicious. Voting this Up and Useful.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2012:

Thanks very much Jen. I was happy with the way this soup turned out. I agree it is hard to grow wrong with the slow cooker - especially with comfort foods!

jenubouka on April 14, 2012:

Foods created in the slow cooker can only be great things! I love this combo of ingredients, true comfort food and very easy to make, Awesome job!

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