Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

When we’re too busy to really cook up a great dinner, it might seem all too easy to just call for takeout. However, after a few days or weeks of this, you might notice a strain on your wallet and on your digestive system. It shouldn’t be so hard to just make a quick dinner, right? Right, but it might not taste all that great, and you’ll get sick of it eventually. Why not dust off your slow cooker and try this lentil and ham soup recipe? It’s easy to set up, easy to make, and it’s ready when you come home from work!

Ingredients

1 cup lentils
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 ½ cups ham, diced and cooked
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon black pepper
32 ounces chicken broth
1 cup water
8 teaspoons tomato sauce

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How to Make the Soup

There’s not much to it! In a 3 quart or larger slow cooker, combine all of your ingredients and stir them together. Set your cooker on low, put a lid on, and come back from work in 8-11 hours, ready to eat your latest creation!

Why a Slow Cooker Recipe?

Slow cookers may seem like they’re only for older people, and don’t have a lot of options, but they’re definitely making a comeback. Slow cookers can create soups, stews, even desserts while you’re not around. It does the cooking for you, and can help make your nights a lot less stressful. No more scrambling to find leftovers in the fridge just because you don’t feel like cooking, and no more stressing over what you can make in less than fifteen minutes. A slow cooker doesn’t have to be watched throughout the day, and you won’t have to worry about something being overcooked or burned. Most recipes will let you know how long it will take, and the food won’t burn as long as there is enough liquid in the cooker.

Slow cooker recipes are easy, mostly a list of ingredients to toss in and forget about. Once you come home after a stressful day, there’s nothing like the house smelling of a great soup, and the stress of finding dinner gone. You just have to come home, turn off the heat, and grab a bowl. With this slow cooker recipe, you’ll be set whether you have a large family or just yourself to feed, and any leftovers can be stored away for lunches. Trying out our famous lentil and ham soup will give you a flavorful stew that’s been well cooked while you were working, and will give you the nutrients you need. A soup with lentils and ham is just what you need after a long day at work, and with a flavorful ending, you’re sure to have a relaxing evening, and maybe even a great night’s sleep! It definitely couldn’t hurt, so go on and dust off your slow cooker before work!

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