Red Lentil Soup with Peas and Ham

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I had leftover ham from Easter and I wondered if I could find a lentil and ham recipe. I did at Food Network Magazine. So delicious!!!

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced ham (about 4 ounces) (Note: I used 2 cups diced ham)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (Note: I used 1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced (3 to 4 medium potatoes)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (My homemade stock)
  • 1 cup dried yellow or red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (thawed if frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt


Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ham, onion and 2 tablespoons dill; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just soft, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups water and the lentils; cover and bring to a simmer. Uncover and cook until the potatoes are tender and the lentils begin to fall apart, 12 to 15 more minutes. Stir in the peas, yogurt and the remaining 1 tablespoon dill. Ladle the soup into bowls.

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