Ham shanks add rich, salty flavor to a slow-cooker soup loaded with lentils and vegetables.
pound smoked ham shanks
cartons (32 ounces each) Progresso™ chicken broth (8 cups)
package (16 ounces) dried lentils (2 1/4 cups), sorted and rinsed
medium stalks celery, chopped (2 cups)
medium carrots, chopped (2 cups)
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
cloves garlic, finely chopped
cups shredded fresh spinach
Mix all ingredients except spinach in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until lentils are tender.
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.
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 PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- 3 1/2g
- 3 1/2%
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
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.