Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

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

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

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.

Expert Tips

Pair this thick and meaty soup with a crisp green salad tossed with orange segments and a tangy orange vinaigrette.

For a touch of color, stir chopped fresh tomato into the soup with the cooked ham and spinach in step 3.

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
30),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
920mg
920%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
10g
10%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
130%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
35%;
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.