Cooking Hussy


Lentils and Greens with Ham January 20, 2009

Filed under: Soup/Stew — cookinghussy @ 3:03 pm


Hey look! I made this soup! I actually made it shortly after coming home from Christmas as I used leftover Christmas ham. But I’m pretty sure that this soup was delicious, if my memory serves me correctly.  I only used a little bit of ham but it’s just so FLAVORFUL, a little bit goes a long way, so this soup was pretty healthy and very filling with lentils and greens. I found the recipe here.


  • 1 1/2 T. olive oil
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 5 c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1 ham bone (I didn’t have the ham bone so just used the ham instead)
  • 1 c. dried lentils
  • 1/2 c. carrot – chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 c. Swiss chard – chopped
  • 1 c. smoked ham – chopped
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes – drained
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • 1/2 t. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in big soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add broth, ham, lentils, carrot, and bay leaves; bring to a boil.
Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add Swiss chard and ham; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, basil, thyme, and pepper; simmer 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Notes: Leftover ham makes great soups. Amen.
Servings: 6ish big bowls

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