Heat on medium heat 1 T olive oil in 8 qt soup pan. Add ham to oil and cook about 5 minutes. While ham is heating, chop up garlic, onion and carrots into small pieces. Remove meat after 5 minutes and set aside.
Add chopped vegetables to oil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 25 minutes.
Add chicken broth, lentils, thyme and bay leaves. Turn heat up to medium/high. Bring to a boil and them lower heat. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
Remove thyme and bay leaves and add ham. Makes 8 servings.