Lentil Soup with Ham in a bowl with spoon

Lentil Soup with Ham

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

This comforting Lentil Soup with Ham is not only a delicious leftover ham recipe, but you can freeze it for more easy dinners! No leftover ham? No worries! Just grab a ham steak or thick sliced ham from the deli counter!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 16 ounce bag lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked, diced ham
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons cumin (start with 1 and then you can season with more at the end)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Grated parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper for garnish


  1. Add the oil to a dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, salt, pepper and thyme, and then cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for one minute more.
  2. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Let the wine reduce for a minute or two until it’s just about evaporated, then add the lentils and ham to the pot, stirring to combine the ingredients.
  3. Next add the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, water , cumin and bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. Skim the foam off of the top of the soup and then stir so that the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 35-40 minutes until the lentils are soft. Stir the soup occasionally while simmering.
  4. Remove the bay leaves. Take about a cup of the lentils out of the soup and add to a bowl. Mash the lentils with a fork or a potato mashed and then stir back into the soup. Taste for seasonings and adjust if needed and then serve.
  5. Garnish the soup with grated parmesan cheese, more black pepper and fresh thyme if desired.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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