We really enjoyed this healthy soup! I added some zucchini and even some cauliflour left over from a veggie tray. Added just a pinch of red pepper flakes and a pinch of kosher salt too based on ideas from other reviewers. My crock pot runs really hot, so on low 6 hours was just right. Gotta know your crock pot. Perfect on a cool day with some whole grain bread from the bakery.
Maybe I'm not being fair giving this 3 stars. I guess it depends on what you want. This soup tasted *exactly* like Progresso Minestrone Soup, but with lentils. So it was more of an italian flavored vegetable soup with lentils, rather than a lentil soup with vegetables. If you want a tomatoey vegetable soup, this will fit the bill, but if you are looking for a traditional lentil soup, you will be disappointed.
Easy to make, my lentils came out perfect (I used the plain old brown kind) without pre-soaking suggested by other. Makes a bunch and freezes well.
Very good! After reading all the reviews, I increased the seasonings and added some marinara sauce. I soaked the lentils over night, cooked everything on low for three hours then on high for 6. It filled the house with a lovely smell that every one commented on. I served it with some whole wheat bread and had the perfect meal for a rainy day. I recieved many compliments on it as well. Thanks for posting an easy and nutritious meal that even my one year old enjoyed!
Great basic recipe. Since we aren't vegetarians, I used chicken broth and then added extra garlic and a few pinches of cayenne pepper. Going to make again very soon with the addition of leftover thanksgiving turkey.
An easy, comforting soup on a cool, fall day! It made my house smell so wonderful and tasted just as good. My family said it was a little bland, but I thought it was fine the way it was. Thanks so much for sharing!
This was a really yummy and basic recipe that I'm sure lends itself well to all sorts of variations. I did not presoak the lentils and they came out just fine after 5 hours on high. I added more liquid as I like a "soupier" soup, and added a hefty bunch of salt before serving. I think you can quite safely sub whatever veggies you may have on hand here; next time I will likely add some green beans and maybe even a potato to make it more of a veggie soup with lentils. Thanks for posting! Made for Healthy Choices ABC tag.
First time making soup in the crock pot - and this came out delish!! Will be making again and again! Thanks Vino Girl! :)
So good! This is exactly what I wanted. My dad makes a lentil soup with kielbasa, but I am now vegetarian. Didn't think to ask him for his recipe. This reminds me of home. Didn't need to soak the lentils. Left the skins on the carrots to keep the earthy flavor. Omitted celery.
Yum yum! This is a great cold rainy day recipe. The lentils were nice and soft but not mushy, and the flavor is outstanding! I doubled the garlic, because I like garlic, and threw in some onion and garlic salt to taste at the end to liven it up. I also tossed in a hint of cumin, just to see what would happen, and it gave it a nice smoky flavor that my spice-loving SO really enjoyed. So, it's recommended as is, or it's easy to zip up to suit everyone's tastes.