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.

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