Lentil-Barley Ham Soup Recipe

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“This hearty veggie-and-herb soup is light and easy to prepare, yet still has all the delicious flavor of my grandmother's original recipe,” writes Priscilla Gilbert of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 247 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 1172mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, lentils, basil, oregano, rosemary and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add ham and carrots. Cover and simmer 10 minutes longer. Return to a boil; stir in the barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until barley and lentils are tender. Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Lentil-Barley Ham Soup in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p51

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vbk3159 248699
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"I've made this several times, just as written, and is delicious every time! My whole family enjoys it!"

Nellstrum 142940
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"Super flavour, I increased the amt of herbs & garlic. Sooooooo good!!!!!!"

connielangston 128942
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Love, Love, this soup. The only changes, olive oil for butter, canned lentils, and I also added mushrooms (about a cup & 1/2) when I was sauteing the vegetables. I also only used about half of the canned tomatoes."

wmccallum 123743
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"Delish - our family loved the veggies and grain combination. The broth has just enough herbs for a great flavor (added 2 cups of ham broth to make it more soupy). I served this soup with Applesauce Walnut Muffins. Nice combination."

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