Ham and Lentil Soup

The lentils cook all day in the slow cooker, but the ham and spinach are added at the end for optimal flavor and texture.



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Ingredients
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    1   cup 
    dry lentils
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    4   cups 
    water
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    1   
    medium onion, chopped
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    1   cup 
    chopped celery
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    1   cup 
    sliced carrot
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    2   teaspoons 
    instant chicken bouillon granules
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    1   teaspoon 
    bottled minced garlic or 2 cloves garlic, minced
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    grated lemon peel
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground red pepper
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    1   cup 
    cubed cooked ham
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    2   cups 
    chopped fresh spinach

Directions
1.
Rinse and drain lentils. In an electric crockery cooker combine lentils, water, onion, celery, carrot, bouillon granules, garlic, lemon peel, and red pepper.
2.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours. (Or, cook on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.) Add ham. Cook, covered, on high-heat setting for 10 minutes more. Stir in spinach; serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 273, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 21, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 38, fiber (g) 10, pro. (g) 23, vit. A (RE) 1247, vit. C (mg) 24, sodium (mg) 1034, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 8, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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