Leslie's Ham Lentil Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Leslie's Ham Lentil Soup Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Leslie's Ham Lentil Soup

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"I originally called this my 'experimental lentil' soup, patching together various other lentil soup recipes. I've been making it every fall for a decade now. What's listed here is a single recipe, though I can't remember the last time I've made such a small batch. It's great for freezing in individual servings for lunches."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring water and chicken bouillon granules to a boil in a stock pot, stirring to dissolve bouillon. Place ham bone in boiling broth, reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in lentils. Simmer until lentils begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir celery, carrots, green bell pepper, onion, marjoram, and bay leaf into broth and simmer until lentils and vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. Turn off heat and remove ham bone from soup. Cut ham from the bone, cube the meat, and return meat to soup, discarding the bone.
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Jan 13, 2014

This is better than any other lentil recipe I've tried. I love the addition of the green bell pepper, and added some red in, too. I let it simmer all day and there was just a ton of flavor. Thanks for posting it!

Sep 17, 2014

I made a smaller portion just for my husband I sautéed onions and carrots in Bacon Fat then deglazed the pan with white wine then followed the rest of the recipe


12 Ratings

May 30, 2014

Had no split peas, but had lentils so I tried this one. Really yummy.

Oct 19, 2014

I didn't have any marjoram, but even without it, this soup was a huge hit in my house. I would love to try it with the marjoram, but don't worry if you don't have it, it will still taste fine; it is flavourful without being heavy. I happened to have chicken broth on hand, so I used that instead of using bouillon. Next time I make it, I think I will roast my vegetables first simply because I love the extra flavour that roasting provides. I may have to start cooking more ham on the bone just so I can make this soup.

Apr 22, 2014

This was really good. My Husband and 3 year old daughter ate it up! I served it with toasted pretzel bread and it was delish!

Dec 25, 2014

Love this recipe! I did add a few extra things to it that worked out really well...a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes, 1 Tbs of sugar to cut the acidity, a few cups of chopped kale, some fresh diced garlic and lemon pepper for some zing. I Will definitely make this recipe again!

Dec 07, 2014

This soup is delicious!!! I loved that it was so quick and easy to make. I didn't have any marjoram but it was delicious nonetheless. My husband raved about it! This will definitely become a favorite winter dish!!

Nov 30, 2014

Great, easy,and quick. Next time I would boil the ham bone a while before adding my lentils so I don't have to spend as much time de-boning. I also sautéed my veggies in a little olive oil before adding. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 14.1 g
  • 57%
  • Protein
  • 15.6 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 539 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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