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Curried Lentil Soup With Ham & Chipotle

A savory, flavor packed soup that is both comforting and filling. This healthy soup is made with smoked ham and flavored with aromatics, curry powder and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It is super easy to make and freezes really well for future weeknight meals.

A bowl of Curried Lentil Soup with Ham and Chipotle.

What I LOVE about this soup

It’s easy to make, healthy and tastes amazing. It’s filling too and perfect for Winter weather. The texture is hearty and the garnishes are colorful. Serve this with some crusty bread and you have a wonderful lunch or dinner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does lentil soup come from? – Lentil soup can be found around the World. It is very popular in Europe, North and South America. To say what country specifically it originated from is almost impossible. If you know the answer to this, leave a comment. I want to know. My guess is somewhere in the Middle East.

What goes with lentil soup? – My favorite thing to eat with lentil soup is crusty bread or sourdough toast.

Can you freeze lentil soup – Yes! This freezes very well. My favorite way to freeze lentil soup is in freezer bags portioned out into 2-serving amounts. Since it is just me and my husband that I routinely feed, this makes life easier and dinner super quick to whip up. If your lentil soup has dairy in it such as cream, yogurt etc, just know the dairy might ‘break’ where the dairy solids separate. It is still good but it might not look the same. One method is to reheat the soup stirring frequently and add fresh dairy at the end, stirred in until incorporated.

Is lentil soup healthy? – That depends what you put into your lentil soup. Generally speaking, lentil soup is very healthy. The starch in lentils are slowly digested making this an ideal food for diabetics. Among the legumes, lentils have the second highest level of protein per calorie, right behind soybeans. Lentils are also rich in vitamins and minerals.

How to Make This Soup

Ingredients for lentil soup.
Gather ingredients.
Carrots and onions in pot with ham.
In a large pot melt butter over medium high heat. Add onion, carrots and ham. Stir well, continue to cook until vegetables are soft.
Curry powder and minced garlic.
Add garlic and curry powder, stirring constantly.
Chipotle and fresh herbs.
Add broth, herbs, chipotle and lentils. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to medium-low, cooking for 45 minutes.
Lentil soup in large pot simmering.
Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Check for seasoning, add vinegar. Serve and garnish.

A bowl of Curried Lentil Soup with Ham and Chipotle.

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A bowl of Curried Lentil Soup with Ham and Chipotle.

Curried Lentil Soup With Ham & Chipotle

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

flavored with aromatics, curry powder and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It is super easy to make and freezes really well for future weeknight meals.


  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, diced
  • 1 pound ham, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs curry powder
  • 5 cups broth, chicken or vegetable
  • 2 cups water
  • 1- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 lb green or brown lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbs red wine vinegar


  • fresh herbs, scallions
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat and add onions, carrots, ham. Stir well. Continue to cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and curry powder. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Cook for one minute.
  3. Add broth, water, chipotle, bay leaves, thyme sprigs and lentils. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaves and thyme. Add vinegar and check for seasoning (see if you need to add salt).
  5. Serve with crusty bread and garnishes.


Make this vegetarian by omitting the ham and increasing the amount of carrots. Also cut the carrots larger. You can also add a little smoked paprika or an additional chipotle for smokiness.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1681mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 24g

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Saturday 5th of March 2022

This was a winner for the whole family. Everyone had seconds and commented on the great flavor of the soup.


Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Hey Hannah! GLAD they all loved it:) I KNOW how much you love soup, I'm working on a soup project now. I will send it to you when I'm done:>)


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I have been wanting to try lentil soup for a long time. This soup is fantastic! It was really easy to make and the flavor was amazing and on point.

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