Hearty Lentil Crock Pot Soup

by tinareale on October 16, 2013

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 Crock Pot Soup

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.


1 Miz October 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

I need to find, uncover, DISCOVER my love o’the lentil.
it feels like a grown up thing to do? :-)

2 Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

Mmmm I adore Lentils and this is a recipe I will save for now and give a try later :) Have a lovely day Tina!

3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

This sounds delicious and right up my alley! I have a bag of red lentils just waiting for the right meal. A veggie soup might be just the answer. :)

4 tinareale October 17, 2013 at 8:12 am


5 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

Sadly I’ve never even tried lentils! I keep meaning to, but I’m pretty sure they don’t sell them at our nearby grocery store. One of these days I’ll get over to Whole Foods and get some because I’d love to try out this recipe – looks too yummy and easy to pass up!

6 Ang @ Nutty for Life October 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love love love lentils! They are such a nutritious food and they make a great addition to any soup, stew, or chili. This sounds so easy to whip up when you don’t feel like cooking.

7 tinareale October 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

It is super easy and super filling too. Perfect for this time of year!

8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

sounds delicious, although it looks more like chili than soup! It just finally got cold here in Chicago – today is a high of 53 and that wind was a shock when I left this morning!

9 tinareale October 17, 2013 at 8:13 am

I took the picture with leftovers I ate with lunch since it was dark when I had dinner. It definitely got more chili like as the lentils soaked up even more of the liquid.

10 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I’ve made a similar soup in the past and it’s such a great fall combination – sounds delicious!

11 lindsay October 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

it’s time to bust out the crock pot!! yes!

12 [email protected] October 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I love lentils–and need to rediscover them into our meals! Great recipe!

13 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life October 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Yummm! This sounds delicious! And like it would be perfect once the weather finally makes up its mind and officially turns cold!

14 Jolene October 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I LOVE lentil soup but have NOT made it in the crockpot but shall be trying ths recipe! yum yum!

15 Jennie G October 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Does it matter what type of Lentils?

16 tinareale October 17, 2013 at 8:14 am

I have used both red and green lentils in the recipe and both turned out good. :)

17 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Lentils are the best! I am obsessed with sprouting them and just posted a new recipe on my blog today with them! http://strengthandsunshine.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/sprouted-lentil-and-butternut-squash-tortilla-pizza/

18 Caroline October 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I just posted a hearty fall soup recipe on my blog today too: http://fightingforwellness.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/hearty-fall-soup/

your soup sounds delicious!

19 Linz @ Itz Linz October 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

yum!! i usually just throw lentils into the crockpot with a bunch of other stuff because i don’t know what else to do with them :)

20 Megan @ Fiterature October 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Um. Yes. This will be made in my home.

Thanks for the recipe!

21 Megan (The Lyons' Share) October 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Love easy soup recipes like this – looks delicious! I always mix lentils with sauteed bok choy and some spices, and lay a filet of fish over it – so delicious!

22 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

Yum!! Lentils in the crockpot? Count me in!!!

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