A delicious slow cooker lentil soup recipes that uses carrots, celery, lentils and more! Contains a lot of flavor and is a budget-friendly meal!
It really has been a chaotic and busy year! With the year coming to a close and a new chapter beginning next year, I have already started to think about healthier and budget-friendly recipes. I do not know about you, but I really could use the healthier recipes right about now. During and after Thanksgiving, I have been munching on all kinds of goodies!
If you do not already know, I also blog at Gal on a Mission where I share all kinds of savory of sweet treats. It’s the sweet treats and carbs that are killing me right now. I am really looking forward to the new year. How about you? How was your Thanksgiving? Have you checked the pizza pasta and peppermint bark yet? So good, my friend!
Have you finished your holiday shopping? Our Thanksgiving was busy with a lot of family – which is always nice! We just went up to my parents, 19 other people there as well.
I think it would be a perfect time to get a head start on the healthier and budget-friendly recipes, especially this slow cooker lentil soup recipe. It really is so good and has so much flavor. We even made a batch for the freezer – gosh, we love freezer meals. It makes it easy when you have what’s for dinner on your list. We always try to keep a few meals in there so we avoid eating out.
If you are thinking about making this soup, you really should allow your lentils to soak overnight – at least 24 hours. I always soak any of my beans and lentils in water and a splash or two of vinegar. It helps to soften them and gets rid of the phytic acid. You are probably wondering right about now, what the heck is phytic acid. You can read all about it here.
After soaking the lentils you are ready to add the other ingredients into your soup. I added carrots, celery, and onions. If there are any vegetables in your refrigerator that need to be used up as soon as possible; add them in there, too. We always do that with vegetables that should be used up soon.
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- ½ teaspoon salt, or more if desired
- ¼ teaspoon pepper, or more if desired
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound bag of lentils, soaked overnight and drained
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups chicken or turkey (optional)
- Add the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, paprika, bay leaf and lentils into your slow cooker ; 5-6 quarts is recommended. Add in the water and mix everything together. Add the chicken or turkey, if desired.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.