Jana's Pressure Cooker Lentil Ham Soup


Create a delicious ham broth first and use it to cook the lentils along with herbs and cooked vegetables. The pressure cooker cuts down cooking time, but preserves the flavor of each ingredient.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds smoked ham shanks

  • 10 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 2 cups lentils

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, or more to taste


  1. Place ham shanks and water in pressure cooker over medium heat. Cover and lock; bring to 15 pounds of pressure, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Release pressure immediately using method recommended by the manufacturer. Remove cooked ham shanks with a slotted spoon; transfer to a bowl to cool. Separate meat from bone. Transfer ham broth to a separate bowl for later use.

  2. Heat olive oil in the pressure cooker over medium heat; cook and stir onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until tender and reduced, about 20 minutes. Add lentils, 8 cups ham broth, thyme, and bay leaf; cover and lock. Bring pressure up to 15 pounds for 6 minutes; immediately release pressure.

  3. Stir tomatoes, ham, black pepper, and vinegar into soup over low heat until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
5g Fat
36g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 658mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 16g 59%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 690mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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