Healthy Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Stay warm with this healthy slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipe. It’s one of those amazing set-it-and-forget-it recipes and is great for making for healthy meals to take for lunch throughout the week!

Slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup , the perfect healthy make ahead lunch!Welcome to 2017. How were your holidays? I took a much needed break over the holidays, after posting the reader favorite recipes from 2016, IΒ shut down my computer and only checked email via phone, occasionally. It was really great and relaxing…until I got a head cold for 5 days. And of course, being preggo I can’t take any medications. So I relied on soups, including this lentil soup (and I swear it cured me!)

Vegetables for slow cooker lentil soupThis lentil and vegetable soup is packed full of veggies. It’s so comforting! And whenever I’m talking about comforting meals and dishes, I always think of the South. Last year I got to tour behind the scenes at Southern Living Magazine, an event that was cosponsored by Delta Faucet. It just so happened to be a coincidence that the faucet in my kitchen was leaky. As I toured the Southern Living studios I was in awe of all their amazing faucets- they were all Delta Faucet and the ones that one just touches and the water comes on/off. When I got my very own Touch2O Technology faucet from Delta, I was beyond happy and grateful.

Cleaning vegetablesThe faucet makes washing everything so easy! When I was cleaning and prepping the veggies for this soup, it took me a fraction of the time because I was able to use the pull down handle, and turn it on/off with my arm. It’s the little things, right?

Red lentil and vegetable soup made in the slowcookerWith the start of the new year, there’s always a desire for healthier recipes, and healthy slow cooker recipes are some of my faves. When it comes to soups, I have to admit that I’m not much of a brothy soup type of person. I like a more heartier soup (like this slow cooker beef and sweet potato stew) – a soup where you can just put ingredients into a slow cooker and it comes out great. This lentil and vegetable soup does just that. It goes into the slow cooker, does it’s cooking, and voila, a delicious soup is the end result.

Healthy slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipeBecause this soup uses red lentils, the texture is nice and thick at the end, almost creamy. Sometimes to get a thicker soup, recipes call for putting the soup in a blender. Not with this soup! The red lentils cook and become soft and stir in beautifully with the other veggies for a delicious soup!

Next time you’re looking for a comforting healthy meal, make this slow cooker lentil and vegetable soup recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Soup
 
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Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups red lentils
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • ½ a bunch of kale (about 4 leaves) stems removed and chopped
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ½ an onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6½ cups vegetable stock
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and pour in vegetable stock.
  2. Cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 8 hours. Stir a few times throughout the cooking. If you like a more brothy soup, add in 1-2 cups additional stock.
  3. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and crusty bread on the side (optional)
This post is brought to you in partnership with Delta Faucet & Southern Living Magazine. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for reading about the brands and partnerships that make the SweetPhi blog possible.

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Showing 27 comments
  • finja
    Reply

    This looks so delicious, really want to try more soups out, so healthy!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I think you’d love this healthy soup πŸ™‚

  • Susan Craig
    Reply

    That looks easy and amazing! Also, my family members with allergies can eat it. Thanks so much.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      This soup would definitely be great for any family members with allergies, it has such amazing flavors from all the veggies and seasonings πŸ™‚

  • Shawnna Griffin
    Reply

    Hey girl -this looks so yummy! Congrats on the baby! When are you due?

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you so much! I’m due June 21st and am so excited!! πŸ™‚

  • Jess
    Reply

    Yay! Welcome back! Thank you for sharing this delicious soup, definitely on the menu next week!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hope you had a great start to the new year, and I think you’d love this soup – it’s SO easy to put together πŸ™‚

  • Diane
    Reply

    Hi Philia,
    This soup looks and sounds amazing, but can I leave out the jalapeno without sacrificing flavor? Planning on getting this into the slow cooker tomorrow :)!!

    • Sweetphi
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      You of course can leave out the jalapeno without sacrificing flavor πŸ™‚ I’d love to know how you like the soup!

  • Vivian
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    Love this!!!just what I was
    Looking forπŸ˜„thanks so much!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment Vivian, I think you’d love this soup – several people have made it and raved about it πŸ™‚

  • jude
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    FABULOUS soup, phi. thank you! the only changes i made were swapping sweet potatoes for the russet potatoes and smoked paprika for the paprika. my somewhat fussy family raved and raved and said i could make it every week!

    • Sweetphi
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      That is so nice to hear Jude, THANK YOU for commenting and letting me know how much your family loved it. I also love the swaps you made!

  • Roxanne
    Reply

    Can you freeze this soup?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Yes, this soup freezes really well.

  • Shena
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    I’m going to try this. I am very much enjoying your site and made your slow cooker, sweet potato and beef stew recipe tonight. It was a hit and all gone now. πŸ™‚

    • Sweetphi
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      Oh my goodness, thank you SO much Shena!!! So glad you enjoyed the slow cooker sweet potato and beef stew (it’s one of my favorites) and this lentil soup is really good – hope you enjoy it as well!

  • MRF
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    This might be a silly question, but are you supposed to cut the vegetables before adding them to the pot? Or do you leave them whole and they get soft and mushy and mixed into the soup by the time they’re done?

  • MRF
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    Never mind, I totally missed the part in the ingredients list where it specifies chopped! Silly me! πŸ˜… Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Sweetphi
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      Glad you found the answer to the question, hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Nan Price
    Reply

    Do you still need to soak the lentils first?

    • Sweetphi
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      No, you do not need to soak the lentils in this recipe first

      • Nan
        Reply

        What if I used spinach instead of kale (just because that’s what I have on hand). Would that be a very different taste to the final product? Thank you!

        • Sweetphi
          Reply

          That would work perfectly πŸ™‚

  • Shelly Norton
    Reply

    It would be so great to include the serving size and calorie count with the fabulous recipes…..

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you for the suggestion πŸ™‚

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