Slow-Cooker Recipes: Spiced Red Lentil Soup

Coming off of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend left us both craving a warm bowl of vegetables and a night watching Christmas movies (although, when does that not sound like a good time?). It’s cooled off a little bit in the District, leaving me with reason to finally bust out the slow-cooker and test its power.

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If you’re like me and have little to no clue what to do with these, the following links are immensely helpful:

7 Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Fitness
Healthy Crock-pot & Slow-cooker Recipes & TipsEatingWell

(Look towards the bottom for more specific recipes.)
Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes Pinterest Board (jackpot!)
Vegetarian Slow-Cooker RecipesAllRecipes
Vegan & Vegetarian Slow-Cooker RecipesSavvy Vegetarian

I selected something that involved red lentils and other ingredients that we happened to have on-hand. With a few modifications, this was our first slow-cooker success!

Spiced Red Lentil Soup
Makes ~4 servings

1.5 cups dry red lentils
3 cups organic vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 can (15 oz.) organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 medium carrots, peeled & chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp. green onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. oil
Seasonings to taste: salt/pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano
Optional add-ins: chickpeas, black beans, green chili, celery, corn.

In a sauté pan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic, carrots and onion, cooking until all are softened. Transfer to slow-cooker and combine with all remaining ingredients.

Cook on “high” for 4 hours…and voila! That’s it. Grab a bowl & spoon!

Spiced red lentil crockpot chili


Slow-cooker fans – what are your go-to recipes? I’m still slightly terrified of leaving this on for the whole day, but it makes a great weekend dinner that provides lunch leftovers! I ate this the next day with a handful of kale thrown into the mix.


Filed under dinners, lunches, Meatless Monday, recipes, vegetarian

6 Responses to Slow-Cooker Recipes: Spiced Red Lentil Soup

  1. That sounds so hearty and delicious! We don’t have a slow cooker since we’re both scared to leave it on while our pup is at home alone! But I’m always envious when I read about or see these delicious meals cooking while people are at work.

    • admin

      We don’t even have a dog/pet & I’m still weary of leaving it on all day. Really wouldn’t want to be *those people* that started the fire… 😉

  2. I’m not new to the slow cooker but I *am* new to lentils. I will try this!

    I’ll often chop up a bunch of potatoes and other veggies (carrots, ontions, celery, peppers, cauliflower, etc.), enough broth to almost cover and seasonings of choice – voila, veggies for the week to use as you see fit!

  3. Jody

    I only use my slowcooker in the winter time, but trust me. You won’t burn down the house! I have two pups, and we just had a house built and I trust that it will be fine! :) I’ve been looking for more meatless options, so I’m going to make this today! Thank you!

  4. ADORE my slow cooker. Great recipes.

    My go to has been fajita chicken. Spicy, delicious, goodness.

    Slow cooker – good things come to those whose wait:)

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