Why, hello fall! I know it has technically been fall for over two weeks now, but it’s really just now starting to feel like it here. I’ve welcomed fall with a few of the classic favorites – a Pumpkin Spice Latte, pumpkin decorations for the house, and loads of time outdoors doing fun fall activities. I look forward to fall for many reasons – from all things pumpkin to the milder weather to the family traditions we have. I also look forward to it for soup season. It’s just such a comforting meal for a cool night. Plus there are so many easy, healthy, and filling options which definitely make me a fan.
It takes the weather a little longer to get chilly down here in the South, but I’ve finally decided the weather is perfect for a nice bowl of soup. We kicked off our soup season Monday night and I knew I had to share this recipe with you. It may not be the prettiest looking bowl of food out there, but it sure does taste fantastic. So fire up the crock pot and enjoy!
Hearty Lentil Soup
This soup will stick to your ribs. The combination of vegetables and protein-packed lentils in this broth based soup will leave you feeling full without being weighed down. You can easily make this soup work for you by subbing in different root vegetables, such as parsnips, or using a different seasoning profile.
Servings: 8 servings (approximately 1 1/2 cups each)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours in crockpot
- 1/2 large yellow onion
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 celery ribs
- 1 (16 oz) bag lentils
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt (omit if not using low sodium broth)
Peel onion, carrots, and sweet potato. Chop all vegetables into even 1/2” to 1” pieces. Place in crockpot. Rinse, pick over, and drain the lentils. Place in the crockpot. Pour vegetable broth and water over everything. Add spices. Mix with spoon, cover, and cook on low eight hours. You could also cook on high for 4 hours. Eat it plain or garnish with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, a handful of cheese, or anything else that suits your fancy.
Your Turn – Do you like lentils? What’s a favorite lentil recipe of yours? Link up if you have one to share! I would love to check it out.