Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Somehow after I got married I ended up with like four crock pots. And as amazing as the concept of a slow cooker is, I honestly never use them. You can’t pay me to get up and chop vegetables before I go to work in the morning, and if I start a slow cooker recipe when I get home it will be ready at about 2am. 

I’m really motivating you guys to make this soup. 😉 This is why I’m not in sales. 

Anyway, last weekend I decided to dust off the old crock and make a lentil soup. This is actually an older recipe on S4B that got lost when we transitioned to our new site. I forgot how good it is, so it’s back! 

I will say this soup is ridiculously easy to make and so healthy, yet so flavorful. It’s perfect for a Saturday or Sunday meal where you can still sleep until 10am (I clearly don’t have kids yet), throw everything in there, go about your day and have dinner ready 7 hours later. It also makes a huge batch, which means no cooking again until Wednesday. 🙂

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Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 16oz bag of lentils, washed and drained
  2. 9.5  cups of water
  3. 4 beef bullion cubes (chicken or vegetable also work)
  4. 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  5. 1 small can of tomato paste
  6. pinch of dry rosemary
  7. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  8. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  9. 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  10. 2 large onion, chopped
  11. 3 carrots, chopped
  12. Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan, sauté the garlic, celery, onions and carrots in olive oil until tender.
  2. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  3. Add the vegetable mixture to a 6 quart slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients and mix through.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on high for 5 hours, and then turn down to low until ready to serve, OR you can turn the slow cooker on medium for 7-8 hours.
  5. When the lentils plump up it's ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This makes a HUGE batch, so if you are not cooking for a crowd or have a smaller slow cooker cut the recipe in half.
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