Posted by: dinainsuburbia | December 8, 2008

Lentil Soup (GREAT for Christmas ham leftovers)

I made lentil soup yesterday with a leftover ham bone I had waiting in my refrigerator.  I threw it together rather quickly and my husband (who is a HUGE fan of lentil soup) told me that the soup was righteous!  Righteous!!! Come on- when was the last time someone told you your cooking was RIGHTEOUS!!!! 

I couldn’t have made this at a better time as the temperature in this am was 13 degrees (no that is NOT a type-o) and we got our first coating of snow Saturday night. 

If you don’t have a ham bone- you can throw in a smoked ham hock or two…. or you can FINALLY have a purpose for the leftover Christmas ham.   Go ahead, bookmark me- you know you want to.  This makes great use of all the meat left on the bone that you couldn’t carve off properly.

If you don’t dig lentils- go ahead and substitute white or navy beans.  AND keep in mind- you’ll have to soak the dried beans overnight- at least 11-12 hours.


  • One pound bag of dried lentils or bean of choice (I use Goya brand) soaked in water overnight, 11-12 hours
  • 2-4 stalks celery finely chopped (since I only buy hearts of celery, I use 4 stalks ’cause they’re smaller)
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled & finely diced
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 5 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • left over ham bone or two smoked ham hocks
  • 10 cups of water


Heat olive oil in stock pot over medium high heat and cook chopped bacon for 5 minutes until browned.  Once browned add onion, carrot, celery, and bay leaves and sweat (don’t brown) until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender, five to seven minutes.

Drain lentils from soaking water, and add to pan with vegetables and bacon, stirring to coat.

Add 10 cups of water to pot  along with diced potato and ham bone (or hocks) and bring up to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and allow soup to simmer away happily for 1 1/2 -2 hours. 

Once cooked, remove ham bone and cut off any remaining meat, dice, and add back into soup. 

That’s it, you’re done!  Let me know if you think it’s righteous!



  1. I love lentil soup – need to try this recipe!!

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