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Ham and Lentil Soup - Crockpot Recipe

You know how after every holiday there are always a lot of leftovers? That seems to happen to us every time we have ham. My family likes it, but in small amounts, so we always have quite a bit left after a holiday meal.

But you can only eat so much of the same thing before it gets boring, so I have some recipes for leftover ham that can be frozen and enjoyed weeks later. This is one of those recipes. The ham is used in a savory soup base to bring out its flavor.

This soup is super simple – just place everything in a crockpot and let it cook. Be sure to use low-salt chicken stock and don’t add any salt until you’ve tasted it, it rarely needs it.  Also, there’s no need to soak the lentils, just rinse them and remove any discolored or hard ones. The trick is slicing the vegetables very thinly. I use a slicing blade on my Cuisinart, but you could also use a mandolin. The uniform slices mean they cook evenly and quickly.

Slow Cooker Recipe: Ham and Lentil Soup
Yield: 10 1-cup servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried lentils (rinsed and picked over)
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly and evenly sliced
  • 3 carrots, thinly and evenly sliced
  • ½ small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth or 32 oz water and 4 tsp Better than Bouillon - Chicken
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until lentils are cooked - about 3 hours (on low expect 7-8 hours) (in my NewWave 6-in-1 Multipcooker it was done in 2 hours). Discard the bay leaf before serving.

Recipes for Leftover Ham: Freezing the Soup

Recipes for Leftover Ham Slow Cooker Lentil Soup #HolidayCooking #Snapware Ad

This soup freezes well. Let it cool just to room temperature and pack in airtight and freezer safe containers. To serve, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

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