One of my family's go-to recipes for using leftover Christmas ham. Enjoy with crusty French bread.

Arielle Darling
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir chicken broth, water, carrots, celery, onion, lentils, garlic, and red wine vinegar together in a large stockpot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir ham, mustard, salt, and pepper into the soup; continue cooking until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

Just before serving, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top.

For added smoky flavor, add 1 to 2 teaspoons paprika.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; 5.4 g total fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 694 mg sodium. 19.4 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2015
Delicious! This soup has become a family favourite. We like a thicker soup so we add 1.5 cups of lentils and we cook it with the ham bone, which enhances the flavour. The celery was omitted, as we don't like celery. Also, we use Red Lentils. They're delicate in texture and eventually start to breakdown, giving the soup a thicker, creamier texture. For this reason, I also cut the carrots and ham into fine pieces. I highly recommend making the soup at least one day in advance. Your taste buds will thank you for it. Overall, I would say it is an excellent recipe. Easy to make and full of flavour. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2017
OK per Lance. Doubled everything except onion and used 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and no water. Also used 4 cups ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2015
Delicious! This soup has become a family favourite. We like a thicker soup so we add 1.5 cups of lentils and we cook it with the ham bone, which enhances the flavour. The celery was omitted, as we don't like celery. Also, we use Red Lentils. They're delicate in texture and eventually start to breakdown, giving the soup a thicker, creamier texture. For this reason, I also cut the carrots and ham into fine pieces. I highly recommend making the soup at least one day in advance. Your taste buds will thank you for it. Overall, I would say it is an excellent recipe. Easy to make and full of flavour. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2015
Delicious! This soup has become a family favourite. We like a thicker soup so we add 1.5 cups of lentils and we cook it with the ham bone, which enhances the flavour. The celery was omitted, as we don't like celery. Also, we use Red Lentils. They're delicate in texture and eventually start to breakdown, giving the soup a thicker, creamier texture. For this reason, I also cut the carrots and ham into fine pieces. I highly recommend making the soup at least one day in advance. Your taste buds will thank you for it. Overall, I would say it is an excellent recipe. Easy to make and full of flavour. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2015
An interesting and delicious twist on what seems like an an ordinary lentil soup. I made this with bacon instead of cooked ham, sautéing the bacon with the veggies and lentils at the beginning. I followed the notes for a smoky flavour by adding 1 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika. I cooked everything, including the bacon, mustard, pepper and paprika in a pressure cooker all at once for 13 minutes. It came out perfectly balanced in both flavour and consistency. The lentils were slightly al dente-which I enjoy. I was weary of the mustard powder but it works here. I suggest adding the paprika. This is very good soup that will surprise you - not just another lentil soup, trust me. Thank you MermyGirl for sharing your family's treasure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
I've made lots of versions of lentil soup - including this one. There is something most excellent about the dry mustard WITH the smoked paprika that another reviewer mentioned. LOVE THIS! Also I've never added the vinegar mostly because I forgot - great nonetheless! UPDATE - I made a batch of this yesterday without the ham - and it is better with it! Hope this helps someone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2019
Excellent soup, very easy to make. I make soup every week for some friends and this is one of the top 5 out of dozens. Minor tweaks: 1. Smoked paprika is NOT optional, make sure to add it!! 2. Sautéd the onion, celery, carrots, garlic and a pinch of salt in butter until soft and then added the ham, broth etc. 3. Added an extra stalk of celery 4. Diced (not chopped) the veggies and ham. 5. Used red lentils and will add an extra 1/2 c of lentils next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2017
Excellent soup. I added one bay leaf because we like that flavor. I am certain that this soup would have been spectacular without it too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2017
Easy peasy! Added extra ham an extra can of chicken broth and mustard. Used the paprika. It was chunky and delish. Could add in more liquid for a soupier soup. May add in a can of crushed tomatoes next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2017
Great recipe! I followed everything. I added 2 cups of ham and then added a can of diced tomatoes. It's hubby approved. :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2016
This was a good lentil soup. I added a package of chopped spinach for more veggies and sprinkled parmesan on top before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2018
I had just enough left over ham that I didn't want to freeze again and had 1 1/2 cups lentils so went in search of recipes and found this keeper! I used 2 quarts chicken broth, 1 can stewed tomatoes and 1/2 can of water for rinsing the can that was added to this tasty recipe. Wasn't sure about adding vinegar so only added 1 tablespoon which was enough to perk up the flavor along with the light teaspoon of dry mustard and about 1/2 teaspoon smokey paprika (almost forgot, 2 bay leaves and a tsp of thyme & a few sprinkles of Italian seasoning). My hubby was skeptical (because it was lentils) but had 3 bowls of it! He loved it and so did I. Next time I'll add 2 tablespoons of vinegar:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2017
OK per Lance. Doubled everything except onion and used 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and no water. Also used 4 cups ham. Read More
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