Ham, Lentil + Pea Soup


This soup will make your house smell incredible! It’s hearty and turns fall-off-the-bone delicious in an hour.


  • 1.5 cups of lentils + split peas mixed (or 100% of one or the other!)
  • 2 carrot stalks
  • 2 celeries
  • 1 lb smoked pork shank or ham bone leftover from a holiday!
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 T chopped rosemary
  • 1 T butter
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups water



Sautee celery and carrot in butter until soft, then add garlic for 2 more minutes until garlic browns.

Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for at least an hour, occasionally stirring, until desired thickness.

In our ham’s case, we began by chopping a good bit of the meat off the bone, and then chopping this into smaller bits.  This was to expose more of the meat and bone to the soup. After it had simmered for 30 minutes, the rest of the meat came off the bone easily.  We chopped it, and then returned everything to the pot to finish cooking.




When all was said and done, we mashed it a bit to look like this:


Top with croutons or greek yogurt!

Ham Lentil + Pea Soup

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

I’m making this for supper!
thank for sharing…
cathy b. @ brightbakes


2 Lindsay McAlester October 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I am soooo excited to make this recipe! I couln’t find a pork or ham shank at CM. So, I bought ham hocks. Do you think that will suffice and taste just as good? I am have no ham expertise. So, I thought I would ask! :)


3 Kath October 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

a hock should be good!


4 Jenifer November 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

I tried this yesterday but used pinto beans (dried) because that’s whay I had on hand. It was so yummy and comforting… however it left us with crazy bad tummy aches. I have a bunch left over, that I’m a little scared to eat and I’d love to try it again in the future, but not sure what I did wrong . Any ideas?


5 Kath November 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Like too much fiber tummy aches? Maybe just have a smaller bowl and some bread on the side?


6 Autumn February 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

This made a perfect meal for a rainy Friday night. My little ones like it too. Thank you! I just found your blog and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.


7 Kriscia January 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This recipe sounds amazing but I dont eat pork so do you think it might taste just as good if I used chicken instead?


8 KathEats January 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Yes, or you could just stick to the lentils


9 Kathy August 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi Kathy,
I’ve been looking for a lentil soup recipe for so long. I do not eat Pork, Fowl or Beef. Do you think this recipe would taste all right using a vegetable stock? If not do you have a Lentil recipe please? I do eat fish & shellfish.


10 KathEats August 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Yep! Veggie stock would be fine


11 Anonymous September 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Forgot to say diced carrots and celery


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