It's as easy as throwing a variety of ingredients into the slow cooker and letting the flavours merge and mingle like the cadence of a slow tango.
I love cooking this way and will often set my crock pot up the night before with all the ingredients ready so that it's just a matter of turning on the slow cooker before I go to work - and on a cold, snowy evening like what we had today, there's nothing quite like arriving home after a hard day to the smells of this rustic and luxurious stew bubbling away on the counter.
Follow the path to my easy recipe, but first - stop by CHARMED and come for a late Autumn walk with me and my dog!
Slowcooker Ham and Lentil Stew
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9-11 hours
- 2 1/3 cups dried lentils
- 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 ham bone
- 4 cups cubed ham
- 7 cups water
- 28 oz. can diced or whole tomatoes, cut up
- Place lentils in the crock pot. Add carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms, diced ham and parsley. Stir in salt, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf.
- Add tomatoes and place ham bone on top.
- Add 7 cups of water. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 9-11 hours. Lift ham bone from soup. Remove meat from the bone and return the meat to the soup. Discard bone. Season with salt to taste and remove bay leaf before serving.
Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.
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