I love Easter leftovers almost as much as the original meal- especially if we’re talking about ham. If you’re going to spend the time making a big gorgeous Easter ham, you might as well make an extra big one and plan for tasty leftover ham recipes throughout the week. This recipe for Slow Cooker Ontario Ham & Lentil Soup is comfort food at its best and could not be easier to pull off. It was originally featured on the Ontario Pork website so you can check out the original article here.
I love all Slow cooker recipes, especially ones for hearty soup because after a long day in the kitchen preparing a holiday feast, the last thing you want to do is strike up the oven again the next day. With a slow cooker recipe like this one, you don’t have to! Simply throw all your ingredients into the pot and you have a delicious leftover ham supper by the time you get home. This is one of my favourite leftover ham recipes!
Not only is it an easy post Easter dinner, but it also costs you pennies put together. You’ve already got the ham game down, you surely have some leftover mire poix in the fridge from your holiday recipes, and a cup of dried lentils is the cheapest pantry staple known to man. Actually, the United Nations named 2016 is the official International Year of Pulses, which came just in time with the rising price of groceries and our falling Canadian dollar! Pulses like lentils, beans and other legumes are super inexpensive, easy to prepare, high in vegetarian protein and fibre, and low in fat. They’re nutritious little powerhouses that compliment the mild sweetness of Ontario ham perfectly.
Looking for more leftover ham recipes? Check out some of my favourites from the blogosphere!
Best Leftover Ham Recipes
Homemade Nutrition – Farro and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Ham
Be Truly Nourished – Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Erica Julson- Ham & Butter Bean Soup
Back to the Book Nutrition – Grilled Ham & Cheese
A Dish of Daily Life – Ham Bone Soup with Kale and Northern Beans
Emily Bites – Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Quiche
Nutmeg Nanny – Cranberry Ham Melt
The Food Charlatan – Cuban Sandwich
The Pretty Bee- Ham Frittata
The Foodie and the Fix- Cheesy Spinach Ham Egg Cups
Kalyn’s Kitchen – Broccoli Ham Mozzarella Egg Bake
Tone and Tighten – Ham and Egg Avocado Burrito
What do you look forward to making with your leftover ham recipes from Easter? Leave me a comment below with some of your go-to favourite post Easter recipes?
Disclaimer: This post was developed in paid partnership with Ontario Pork, however, all opinions are genuine.
Slow Cooker Ham & Lentil Soup
- 1/3 lb cooked Ontario ham 175 g, about 3/4 cup
- 1 cup dried lentils red or green, 250 mL
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 2 carrots chopped or grated
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp dried basil 2 mL
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano 2 mL
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme 1 mL
- 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 mL
- 32 oz fl chicken broth sodium-reduced, 1 L
- 1 cup water 250 mL
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce 50 mL
- Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir to mix. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 - 10 hours (or 4 -5 hours on HIGH).
- Serve with cornmeal muffins or crusty bread.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.