Curried Ham Lentil Soup is the perfect solution for that left over holiday ham and a budget buster cost savings meal. (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Super Easy to Make)
Waste not want not is our motto! We love savory ham leftovers as they make the most delicious soup. You really do not even need that much of the meat; even the left over ham bones will work fine to give this curried ham lentil soup that added savory note.
We have cooked this delicious curried ham lentil soup on top of the stove in less than 30 minutes or you can crack out that crock pot (slow cooker), throw everything in and enjoy a hot and delicious meal after a busy day at work/school.
We used red lentils as that was what we had on hand in inventory and that is a great alternative when you want to eat….. like yesterday. Red lentils only take about 10 minutes to cook and cooking them a little longer in the soup almost leaves them into a delicious puree. You could, if you wish, pulse this soup in the food processor or blender before serving but why bother, as it is just delicious just the way it is.
Homemade Ham Lentil Soup is just another opportunity to leave the hum drum of the boring world and add a little spice to your life. Herbs and spices are an inexpensive way to explore the world. We did not add so much curry that it was hot but just flavorful. You can add as much or as little as you wish to cater to your family and friends.
We started out with the basic sofrito with celery, carrots and onions and then added chicken broth, ham, red lentils and then the aromatics of bayleaf, fresh thyme and curry powder for an exceptionally tasty soup.
You will be amazed at how easy this soup comes together. However, your wallet will love you even more as you are being thrifty and can save some serious cash only using a handful of some pantry supplies.
Curried Ham Lentil Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 carrots peeled and chopped
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1.5 cups red lentils
dried (washed and picked over for things don’t belong)
- 1 sprig thyme leaves
fresh or or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 cup ham or if all you have is the ham bone, just add that.
- 2 tsp curry powder
(or to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add olive oil, carrots, celery and onions to a large pot and cook on medium heat until translucent. Add garlic.
- Add chicken broth, bay leaves, red lentils, thyme, ham and/or ham bone, curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes until the vegetables and lentils are tender.
- Enjoy! (if you wish, you can puree, but perfect just the way it is)