slow cooker ham and lentil soup

Ham and Lentil Soup (Slow-Cooker)

  • Author: WifeyChef
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 servings 1x


A big bowl of comfort, this ham and lentil soup can easily be made in your slow cooker, and offers both flavor and nutrition.



  • 1 cup dried brown or green lentils (rinsed, picked through)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • (2) 8 oz. pouches of diced, cooked ham
  • 1 bag (24 oz) petite yellow potatoes, halved
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16 oz) diced tomatoes with juice (do not drain)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional: a dash of hot sauce and crushed red pepper flakes, if you want extra kick!


  • Add all ingredients to a large slow cooker (minus 1 cup ham if reserving to fry on stovetop) and stir to combine.
  • Optional but highly recommended: Reserve 1 cup of ham and fry on stovetop. Add to top of soup for serving.
  • Stir all ingredients and put on High for 6 hours, or Low for 10 hours.
  • Remove bay leaf, add fried ham to top of soup (if you took that step), and serve!
  • Serve with cornbread or sourdough bread.


  • When reheating, thin the soup with a bit of water.
  • I used a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • I highly recommend reserving 1 cup of the ham, and frying it on the stovetop (for serving).
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Keywords: slow cooker, crockpot, soup, stew, ham, lentil