Lentil & Ham Soup

Leftovers, ham stock, gammon stock

I hope you have all had a really good Christmas and managed to stay dry and well! My part of the world was struck by all the flooding which caused many roads to be closed and meant that my husband had to take his mother home via a 10 mile trip instead of the 2 mile one we’re used to on Christmas day. Luckily we weren’t flooded but many in the neighbourhood were and my thoughts are with them and everyone else who was struck with flooding or power cuts over Christmas.

Flooding, Weybridge, Byfleet

The River Wey rose 4 meters above its normal height causing chaos locally.

I have just made this soup and thought that it was my duty to share it with you as I’m sure that there a fridges around the country heaving under the strain of all those Christmas leftovers. I had home cooked ham and stock which needed using up as well as some carrots and a huge courgette so I came up with this recipe. My husband loves lentils so I used these as the basis of this soup which tastes really good.

As this dish is made from scratch I’m entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays event and also into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen at Fuss Free Flavours as it is so frugal.

Made with Love MondaysCredit Crunch MunchLeftovers, ham stock, gammon stock


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Lentil & Ham Soup
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A Lentil and Ham Soup with carrots, courgettes and a hint of curry to give a hearty winter warming soup.
Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 25g Unsalted butter
  • 2 Large carrots, diced
  • 1 Onion, finely dice
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 Large courgette, diced
  • 400g Red lentils, washed
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Madras curry powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1.8 ltrs Homemade ham stock
  • 200g Cooked ham, finely chopped
  1. Fry onion, carrot and garlic gently for 5 minutes in the butter.
  2. Add the oil and courgette and fry gently until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the curry powder and fry for a minute.
  4. Add lentils, stock, bay leaf and nutmeg.
  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and blend half the soup to give a slightly chunky texture
  7. Add the chopped ham and heat through before serving.
  8. Garnish with some chopped ham if wished.
If your stock is overly salty add some water to it to dilute.

Flooding at Brooklands Park from River Wey

Christmas Day flooding gave rise to a lake on Boxing Day in our local park!

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  1. Martina Evans

    Thank you for this warming recipe!

  2. Paul Wilson

    Looks a very hearty soup now the colder weather is coming.

  3. Jane Davies

    What a scrummy winter recipe 🙂 x

  4. Anne Dalzell

    I’m starting to gather bits and pieces of recipes to get ideas of what to make over christmas. This little beauty has made my list!

    1. Camilla


  5. Paul Wilson

    Love lentils, must try and eat them more often.

  6. William Gould

    I love any sort of lentil soup!

  7. Heather Haigh

    This is one of my favourite soups. I love lentils.

  8. Bev

    Sounds delicious and very filling!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s real comfort food:-)

  9. Carolyn Clapham

    I made it and everyone loved it, including the little people 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, so pleased:-)

  10. Carolyn Clapham

    Perfect for a cold, wet day, so I’m going to try a batch of this today. I’m looking forward to it already x

    1. Camilla

      Yes isn’t the weather rotten right now! Enjoy your soup:-)

  11. Carolyn Clapham

    Another delicious sounding recipe. Lentil is already a favourite of ours, but adding ham should make it even nicer.

  12. Heather Haigh

    Going to make me some of this for lunch – exactly what I fancy – mmmm.

  13. Ursula Hunt

    Lentil soup is my favourite

  14. Helen Allan

    I made this today and can confirm it is delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much for the feedback:-)

  15. Leighanne Grainger

    Sorry about the floods, must be scary 🙁 This soup will be the first soup I make so far this year, was kinda bored with my limited knowledge for recipes x

    1. Camilla

      Great, hope you enjoy it. The floods weren’t scary for us but some people in the neighbourhood were badly affected:-(

  16. Herbert Appleby

    Just what the nutritionist ordered, all those pulses and all the protein in this dish make a super healthy soup. Can I now change my eating habits forever?… no chance.

  17. Cheryl Pasquier

    Scary photos of the flooding ! Looks like the perfect warming soup to keep the chill out.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s souper:-)

  18. Sarah Maclean

    This soup sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m not a great fan of adding curry to soups but I may add some smoked paprika instead to give it that warming kick!

  19. Herbert Appleby

    this looks very healthy and tasty.

  20. Tracy Nixon

    You cannot beat a bowl of homemade soup and this recipe sounds soooo warming and tasty!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it is:-)

  21. Anne Wallwin

    lovely soup. i think my kids will like it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  22. Ursula Hunt

    Lovely heartwarming recipe for this time of year

    1. Camilla


  23. Paul Wilson

    Lentils are very healthy. I must try more lentil recipes.

    1. Camilla

      Yes and I can thoroughly recommend my post for Glenda’s Winter Lentil Soup too:-)

  24. victoria thurgood

    This does sound yummy great for this cold weather

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, very comforting in this weather:-)

  25. Janice

    flooding is a miserable thing, glad it didn’t come any closer to you. Lovely soup, I always use ham stock for my lentil soup.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, yes we’re luckily just next to and not in the flood plain!

  26. Louise Lumsden

    yum that looks fab & is my fave soup I’ve never put courgette in before , will have to try it

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it too:-)

  27. Julie's Family Kitchen

    Your soup looks really warming and comforting. Sorry to hear the floods hit your area so badly. I trust you are all safe and well.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it is just what we need after all this dreadful weather!

  28. Maya Russell

    Thank you for this warming recipe and use of Christmas ham.

    1. Camilla


  29. Janine

    I’ve got a feeling that this could be my new favourite

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)


    Looks lovely – very similar to my mums lentil and bacon recipe which everyone adores 🙂

    1. Camilla

      And not disimilar from my Glenda’s Winter Lentil Soup:-)

  31. Laura Wilce

    Good to hear you weren’t flooded. Awful weather, especially for Christmas.

    I’ll be trying this soup. So warming and such great flavours!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, just found out that the property not protected by our close’s flood wall next door but one had flood water up to their back door and as our immediate neighbour has a raised garden this must have stopped the water reaching us! Phew!

      Hope you enjoy the soup:-)

  32. Javelin Warrior

    I’m so glad to hear the flooding hasn’t brought water into your home and you’ve been able to keep dry. And with a soup like this, you should be able to keep warm too 🙂 Love the use of lentils and curry with the ham…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark we were lucky and to not loose our power! The soup is indeed keeping us warm as it has got quite chilly here:-)

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