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Slow-Cooked Ham and Lentil Soup

 Slow-Cooked Ham and Lentil Soup
Lentil lovers will enjoy a big batch of this satisfying soup. Just pop it in the slow cooker after lunch, and it will be ready by supper time.—Connie Jones Pixley, Roxboro, North Carolina
11 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute the celery, carrots and onion in butter for
  • 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine
  • the water, lentils, ham, salt, marjoram and pepper. Stir in the
  • celery mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until lentils
  • are tender. Yield: 11 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 158 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 620 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 12 g protein.