Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Ham shanks add rich, salty flavor to a slow-cooker soup loaded with lentils and vegetables.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

9:15

Hrs:Mins

Makes

8

servings

1
pound smoked ham shanks
2
cartons (32 ounces each) Progresso® chicken broth (8 cups)
1
package (16 ounces) dried lentils (2 1/4 cups), sorted and rinsed
4
medium stalks celery, chopped (2 cups)
4
medium carrots, chopped (2 cups)
3
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
cups shredded fresh spinach
  1. Mix all ingredients except spinach in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until lentils are tender.
  3. Remove ham from cooker; place on cutting board. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin. Stir ham and spinach into soup. Stir well before serving.
Makes 8 servings (1 1/2 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Serve-With
Pair this thick and meaty soup with a crisp green salad tossed with orange segments and a tangy orange vinaigrette.
Special Touch
For a touch of color, stir chopped fresh tomato into the soup with the cooked ham and spinach in step 3.
Did You Know?
Lentils come in many colors-brown, red and yellow. The most common variety is brown lentils, which you will find in most supermarkets.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 280
    • (Calories from Fat 30),
  • Total Fat 3 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 20mg;
  • Sodium 920mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g
    • (Dietary Fiber 10g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 25g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.