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Skinny Gluten Free Hearty Ham and Lentil Soup

What I love is that lentils cook up so much faster than most beans.  You can make this soup in no time at all and feed a large family for only a few dollars.  I made this wonderful soup with my new flax bread (recipe coming soon!) to dunk into it's incredible broth.  Just like most soups, it's even better warmed up the next day.  Hope you enjoy!!  hugs

 What's your favorite Winter soup?
Skinny Gluten Free Hearty Ham and Lentil Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lentils, rinsed
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free cumin-opt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked ham, cubed


  1.  Pour the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. 
  2. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt.  Reduce heat and cook until the onions are translucent, approximately 10 minutes.  Careful not to burn
  3. Add the cleaned lentils (check for any rocks), broth, Old Bay, 1 cup of the ham, and cumin, if using and stir. 
  4. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. 
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 45-50 minutes. 
  6. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency. I only do this for a few seconds.  We like most of the lentils whole
  7. Add the rest of the ham, season with salt and pepper to taste
  8. Makes 6-8 large servings