Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe is a comfort bowl of soup made with leftover ham, lentils, coconut milk, and fresh English peas!

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

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I love our home, a homegirl that I am. I love my husband, our kids, meeting new people, and opening up our home. We laugh a lot in our home. I’m probably the least witty one in our family, so I’m often the last one to get a joke. But family is all about being safe with one another. And we always have a great time around the table.

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

We love a good comfort soup, especially after the holidays made with leftover ham!

It also makes me think about this: Do your guests feel at home around your table, as your family does, and how do you keep the conversation flowing? If we worry too much about hospitality, it won’t be natural. So how do you keep conversation “natural?”

The other night, as I was sitting back and being thankful for the magnificent gift of simply being together with new friends around our table, I was listening to the group, noticing the quieter ones. Of course there will always be extroverts and introverts at a table–it’s always a nice mix.

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

There are usually a couple of people who jump right in and make everyone feel at home, which I love. I did notice a quieter person in the bunch, so I made sure toward the end of the evening to ask several questions about her life, so the group could hear, catch the vibe, and chime in.

It worked! We learned more about this person!

There is no magical answer to how a table experience and conversation will go! Just being sensitive to looking for ways to serve, ways to be real, ways to open up, ways to ask questions, is the short answer.

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

Lentil Ham & Carrot Soup 

Food is powerful and as we prepare a table for others, we are making a place for them in our hearts.

This Red Lentil Soup is packed with fiber and vitamins, and one bowl will keep you full for ages!

What soup is not the best, with coconut milk … right?

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

And pure Irish butter is a St. Patrick’s Day MUST (have you tried Kerrygold?), and are you following my Insta-stories on Instagram?)

Enjoy this perfect recipe made with leftover ham (Easter is coming!)–and get a soup night on the calendar, Friends!

Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

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Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 -8
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  • 2 cups red lentils, I buy mine in bulk from Natural Grocers
  • 1 cup onion, small diced
  • 1 cups carrots, small diced
  • 1 cups celery, small diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 cups cooked ham, diced
  • 2 cans 13 oz. coconut milk
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper


  • Place red lentils, onion, carrots, celery, and stock into crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until lentils are cooked to your liking.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chopped ham, coconut milk, and fresh parsley. Mix and cover to heat for additional 20 minutes.
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