Lentil Soup with collards (or other greens) and Ham (Optional)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 128.6
  • Total Fat: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.3 mg
  • Sodium: 219.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 7.5 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Lentil Soup with collards (or other greens) and Ham (Optional) calories by ingredient


This hearty soup is a great warmer upper for those winter months This hearty soup is a great warmer upper for those winter months
Number of Servings: 10


    2 T olive oil
    3 medium carrots diced
    3 medium celery stalks diced
    1 large onion diced
    3 cloves of garlic diced
    1 C lean ham diced (optional)
    8 C water
    2 C lentils, rinsed and picked over
    1 t thyme dried or 2 t fresh
    2 C tomatoes diced
    1.5 t balsamic vinegar
    10 Oz. collard or other greens chopped ( buy them already chopped in a bag)
    salt and pepper to taste

    Note: You may not need much salt if you add the ham. Also, don't add salt before the lentils are cooked and if you add pepper early, the effect may be much stronger.


Heat the oil in a soup pot that can hold about 15 cups of liquid. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic and ham.

Cook on medium high until tender and just starting to color, about 5 minutes.

Add the water, lentils, tomatoes and thyme.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender (about 40 minutes)

Stir in balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and greens. Cook until greens are tender.

Serve as a lunch or main course for your dinner. Makes about 10 one cup servings.

Number of Servings: 10

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JUJUBETOO.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    Very good, hearty soup. I used only one cup of dried lentils, and the soup was delicious! - 3/4/12

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    Very Good
    I used these ingredients but made it slow cooker style - no sauteeing but just chopping and simmering - very good! I did steam my Swiss chard in the microwave first and threw it in about 1/2 hour before eating. - 6/29/10

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    Very Good
    YUM and nutritious...and makes a great amount!! - 4/2/10