Lentil Soup With Smoked Ham Hock

Ham & lentil soup
Lentil soup with smoked ham hock.

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  • Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
283 Calories
2g Fat
49g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 283
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 19g
Calcium 70mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It doesn’t take much cooking skill to make this lentil soup recipe taste great. The smoked ham hock and a couple hours are really all it takes to make this incredibly satisfying soup.


  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (or to taste)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Garnish: ​fresh parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Add the beef broth, chicken stock, dried thyme, black pepper, bay leaf, cayenne, and ham hock into a soup pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer on low for 1 1/2 hours. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and simmer covered for another 30 minutes.

  2. Add the lentils and simmer cover for another 30 minutes, remove cover and skim off any excess fat on the surface. Continue to simmer another 15 to 20 minutes uncovered, until the lentils are tender and the pork is falling off the bone. Taste for salt, adjust seasoning, and serve with chopped fresh parsley.

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