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Ham and Lentil Soup Recipe
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Ham and Lentil Soup Recipe

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This actually is a combination of two soup recipes I came across and adapted. I often serve it for Sunday dinner, making enough so there are leftovers for my husband's lunch thermos. He's a bricklayer and regularly works outside during winter. We're the parents of three children—17, 16 and 11.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/4 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 to 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces bulk pork sausage, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 173 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 355 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, bring ham bone and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Remove ham bone. To broth, add the lentils, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, remove ham from bone; coarsely chop. Add the ham, sausage and parsley to soup; heat through. Yield: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Ham and Lentil Soup in Country Woman March/April 1994, p29

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Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Excellent! I never thought to make a ham broth , but it would work with any type of beans."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"I made this just as the recipe states, except that I had such a large, meaty ham bone that I doubled everything except the sausage. It was delicious! I will definitely make this soup again."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"This was very delicious. I used 32 oz. chicken broth instead of water. Instead of using tomatoes, I used 3 tomatillos and an additional 28 oz. of chicken broth. Instead of the pork sausage I substituted Italian sausage which gave the dish a yummy zing. I put all the ingredients into the crockpot and cooked it on low for 10 hours. Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Great soup. I added drop dumplings"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Wonderful recipe. Made some changes - used pork roast instead of ham, omitted the tomatoes & sausage. It still tasted great. Hubby raved over it, so I guess I'll be making more! Thanks for the recipe."

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