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Instant Pot Ham and Lentil Soup

This easy Instant Pot Ham and Lentil Soup recipe is made with a ham bone and leftover ham in the pressure cooker. A delicious way to use up holiday ham!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot ham and lentil soup, lentil soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
pressure time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 143kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 32-ounce carton low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 leftover ham bone
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add the olive oil, onions, carrots and celery, sprinkle with sea salt, and cook until slightly soft
  • Hit CANCEl, and stir in chicken broth and lentils
  • Add the ham bone, chopped ham, water, garlic powder, pepper and smoked paprika
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 20 minutes
  • Pot will take several minutes to pressurize, then begin counting down and cook for 20 minutes. When pot beeps, allow a 10 minute natural release, then turn knob to venting to quick release remaining pressure
  • When pin drops, carefully open lid, remove ham bone, stir, taste to see if more salt is needed, and serve


Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, but 8 quart can be used without changing ingredient amounts or cook time


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2275IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2.2mg