Easy Lentil and Ham Slow Cooker Soup Recipe

Updated on May 11, 2018
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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 | Source

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

Instructions

  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 time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 15 min
Yields: 6-8 servings
Ingredients for ham and lentil soup
Ingredients for ham and lentil soup | Source
Sauteed onions and peppers
Sauteed onions and peppers | Source
Add all ingredients to slow cooker
Add all ingredients to slow cooker | Source
Mix soup ingredients together before cooking
Mix soup ingredients together before cooking | Source
Crockpot lentil and ham soup is served!
Crockpot lentil and ham soup is served! | Source

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. | Source
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

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Kathy Sima

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      • savingkathy profile imageAUTHOR

        Kathy Sima 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        Healing Herbalist 

        6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

        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.

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        Kathy Sima 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        alocsin 

        6 years ago from Orange County, CA

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

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        Kathy Sima 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        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!

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        jenubouka 

        6 years ago

        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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