French Lentil Soup (Slow Cooker)

Last week, I mentioned that I am running with a friend after work once a week.  To overcome the challenges associated with getting home later than usual, we are both making slow cooker meals and then swapping recipes.  Lentil soup was a request from my hubby and  this recipe is definitely a keeper.Make it your own by using more or less veggies and herbs.  Or try different spices.  My parents always make lentil soup quite simply with just onion and cumin; maybe there's some garlic added at the end.  I didn't want my lentil soup to fade in comparison to their delicious creation, so I tried something new.  Next time I may be up for the challenge of recreating their recipe.French Lentil Soup

  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks organic celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons organic cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 little can organic tomato paste (or 3 tablespoons tomato paste with 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups green lentils (not red, they will turn to mush)
  1. Dice onion, garlic, celery and carrots.  Add to the crock pot.
  2. Add the herbs, salt, pepper and oil.  Mix it all around a bit.
  3. Add the tomato paste and water.  Mix it all around.
  4. Add the lentils.
  5. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.  If needed, add vegetable broth to thin out the consistency when you are ready to serve.

Nutrition Details:Gluten-free, dairy-free, veganMakes 6 servings, per serving:310 calories, 8 grams fat, 1 gram saturate fat, 236 mg sodium, 44 grams carbohydrate, 21 grams fiber, 3.5 grams natural sugar, 17 grams protein