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: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 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 User ID: 1633210 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 User ID: 1088590 142940
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

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

connielangston User ID: 3766322 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 User ID: 4850304 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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