Slow Cooker Ham Soup with Lentils: Leftover Wonder

Kristy Still | Mommy Hates Cooking

Slow cooker ham soup is perfect for all your Easter leftovers. It gets a super-food boost with the addition of lentils.

Slow Cooker Ham Soup Photo

For months now, I have heard nothing but good things about lentils. The only problem being that each time I went to the store to get them, the store that I was at only had their store brand, which was always cross contaminated with wheat. That meant I had to keep forgoing lentils until I came across some that were not contaminated.

Finally, as I shopped a different store a few weeks ago, I was pleased to find gluten free lentils!

Slow Cooker Ham Soup Picture

One of the things I heard about lentils is they are great for lowering cholesterol. Even with eating healthy, I have high cholesterol due to genetics and family history. I have been trying my hardest to lower it naturally, and I sure do hope it works! Lentils are said to be a super-food and a very affordable one too. They're also easy to adapt to any flavor. Like this lentils and rice recipe from Steph, full of Asian spices and heat.

I am learning that you can use lentils in all sorts of food items that you eat daily to add a boost of antioxidants. I am hoping to try them out in Sloppy Joes and even Tacos too. I am also crossing my fingers that I can get my son to try some, he is an extremely picky eater, and so it’s always a test with him.

As I cooked with them for the first time recently, I knew I wanted to try them with soup. As Easter is upon us, I am certain we will all be overloaded with lots of leftover ham.

Slow Cooker Ham Soup Image

This recipe is the perfect way to use up some of that leftover ham and recreate a whole new meal! On top of that, the addition of just a cup of dry lentils adds a whole new level of nutrition to the meal. I also decided to add similar ingredients that I use for my Beef & Veggie Soup to this Slow Cooker Lentil & Ham Soup.

Now, prep the slow cooker then sit back and let dinner simmer away. This soup is also fabulous paired with a side of Gluten Free Homemade Cornbread.

    8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ham, diced and cubed (cooked)
  • 1 cup dry lentils, certified gluten free
  • 14 1/2 ounces beef broth, 1 can
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce, 1 can
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 medium white potatoes, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound baby carrot
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup white table wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, spray it with non-stick spray, then place all ingredients in the slow cooker, up until the 4 cups of water.  At this point, fill the slow cooker until all the ingredients are nicely covered with water, generally this is about 4 cups.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, set to warm until ready to serve.
  3. Add salt/pepper to taste or additional parsley when serving.

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Kristy turned her hatred of cooking into a new outlet for creativity. Now that's the kind of attitude we're fanatical about! She blogs about all sorts of good food on Mommy Hates Cooking. On Food Fanatic, she's tackling all things Gluten Free.

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Seriously on my list of things to make with my ham leftovers. Perfect!