Saturday, February 18, 2023

Ham and Lentil Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This soup made in the Instant Pot is delicious, nutritious and hearty enough to serve as a main course with a side salad and some good bread. 

Ham and Lentil Soup

 The Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing Lentil Soups today.......

Sue of Palatable Pastime is hosting.  I was very happy when I saw the theme because I have been waiting to share this recipe with you for a long time.  First, though, let's take a look at what the others cooked up for us today........

This soup is a great way to use up that leftover ham that many of us serve up for Easter.  Can you believe that we begin the Lenten Season in just a few more days?!!  I see a Cajun soup up there that would be perfect for Tuesday's Mardi Gras Celebration.  If you have soup on Fat Tuesday that leaves more room for the Paczki or Beignets.

Ham and Lentil Soup

I actually made this pot of soup using a ham bone that was leftover during our Christmas season but never got a chance to share it.  It is quick and easy so if you still have a ham bone in your freezer waiting to be used this is your chance.

Soup, Main Course, Lentils, Ham, Leftovers, Instant Pot
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Instant Pot Ham and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Lentil Soup

This soup made in the Instant Pot is delicious, nutritious and hearty enough to serve as a main course with a side salad and some good bread.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour


  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 carrots, scraped and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 c. chicken stock
  • 1 lb. dried brown lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t. thyme
  • 1 t. cumin
  • ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Set the instant pot to the saute setting and add the olive oil. When hot, add the carrots, celery, onions, and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally until fragrant and the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the broth. Add the ham bone, lentils, bay leaf, cumin, black pepper and thyme to the pot and stir to combine. Seal the Instant Pot, close the pressure valve and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  3. When pressure has released, open the pot and remove the ham bone and bay leaf. Chop the meat off of the bone and return it to the pot. Taste and season with additional black pepper and salt, if needed.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

10.71 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.23 g

Carbs (grams)

92.5 g

Fiber (grams)

36.26 g

Net carbs

56.25 g

Sugar (grams)

13.7 g

Protein (grams)

42.3 g

Sodium (milligrams)

734.75 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

14.4 mg


  1. I love brown lentils and this is a delicious soup!

  2. The soup looks fabulous, chilly here today and a large bowl would bring happiness to my heart and stomach. !

  3. How serendipidous to have a recipe made and photographed before you knew you needed it! It sounds delicious.

  4. Ham and lentils go so well together. I'm really going to have to remember to buy some brown lentils...such a gorgeous dark rich color!!! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  5. This sounds a perfect and comforting meal! This is definitely great for any day.

  6. For sure and with Easter around the corner many Christians are going to need to use up that ham bone.


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