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Slow Cooker Ham, Lentil and Barley Soup

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


A hearty but healthy lentil and barley soup with cubes of ham and tomatoes.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 1 cup lentils (I used green lentils)
  • 1 cup pearl barley (I find this in the bulk section of my grocery store)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated or sliced or chopped (I grated mine)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 cups water
  • 6 tsp chicken bouillon (OR the amount needed to make 6 cups, some bouillons are more concentrated than others so read the packaging)
  • Splash of lemon juice


  1. Combine ham, lentils, barley, onion, carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, water and bouillon in the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until lentils are tender.
  3. Add in fresh ground pepper to taste as well as a splash of lemon juice.
  4. Ladle into serving bowls and enjoy.


I use my 6 quart slowcooker for this recipe.