Best Ham and Lentil Soup

Ham and Lentil Soup

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Ham and lentils combine to make this fantastic soup, and carrots, onion and other nutritious ingredients add to the appeal of this warming, flavorful dish. Great for all the family.


  • 1 meaty ham bone or 1 big ham hock
  • 3 pints (1.5 liters) water
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) dried lentils
  • 1 cup (large handful) chopped celery
  • 3 or 4 sliced medium carrots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Put the ham bone, carrots, water, lentils, celery, onion, sugar, pepper, salt and bay leaf in a pot.
  2. Cover the pot and bring the soup to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for about an hour or until the lentils are tender.
  4. Take out the ham bone or hock and remove the meat.
  5. Chop the meat and return it to the lentil soup.
  6. Discard the bay leaf.