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Lentil Soup with Ham & Bread with Dipping Oil January 11, 2011

Lentil Soup with Ham & Bread with Dipping Oil

Jamie says:  Carrabba’s Italian Grill makes a mean lentil soup, but so does my Grandma, my Mom, and now me.  If you’ve never had lentil soup, give it a try.  You’re in for a wholesome treat.

Lentil Soup with Ham


  • 1 lb lentils (dry)
  • 32 oz Swanson chicken broth 100% fat free, 33% less sodium 
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb whole carrots
  • 1 sweet onion, medium
  • 1 stalk celery (including leaves)
  • one 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp basil
  • 2 Tbsp oregano
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz fully cooked ham cubes (water added)
  • 9 oz fresh spinach


  1. In a colander, rinse lentil beans and remove any foreign pieces.  Add lentils to a large pot, along with chicken broth, water, and bay leaves.  Set burner to high heat and place pot on burner.  Meanwhile, peel garlic and press with a garlic press into the pot.  Wash carrots, onions, and celery (including celery leaves), and slice on a large cutting board.  Add to the pot along with canned tomatoes, basil, oregano, parsley, and pepper.
  2. Allow liquid to come to a boil for about 20 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and place a lid on the pot.  Cook an additional 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  3. Add cooked ham cubes and spinach about one minute before serving.  Serves: 8.  Enjoy!

Bread with Dipping Oil


  • 4 small slices bread (i.e. leftover bread from Carrabba’s Italian Grill)
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt, coarse
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to about 400°F.  Heat bread for about 4 minutes or until warm and toasted.
  2. To a small plate, add sea salt, freshly ground pepper, parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.  Mix with a fork.  Serve bread on sides of dipping oil plate.  Serves 2.  Enjoy!
  • Nutrition note:  Enjoy vegetable soup, such as lentil soup, for dinner to help increase your vegetable intake.  Most vegetables are fat-free and have fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are good for your body.

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