Slow Cooker Lentil Soup on Comfort Food Night – Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

Hi this is Pranika! Since we had a no-snow-snow day and had some time to kill last Friday, I asked the kids what they wanted to cook for dinner. They decided soup. But we didn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen either so, I settled on a slow cooker meal. It was something new, delicious, and perfect for a cold day.

Adding Broth to Slow Cooker
Happy cooking and eating!

Lentil Soup

Lenil Soup with Toppings
1/8 cup olive oil
1/3 large onion, diced
¼ large carrot, diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 ½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
16 oz bag dried lentils (2 cups)
1 can diced tomatoes and juice
1 48 oz. box of vegetable broth
2 cups of water
Hot sauce (optional)
Grated parmesan (optional)

Adding Garlic to Pan for Lenil Soup
Pour oil into a non-stick pan and heat to medium. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper). Sautee for 3 minutes, until onion and carrots soften.

Eating Lenil Soup
Pour the mixture into the bottom of the slow cooker and add lentils, tomatoes, vegetable broth, and water. Cover and set to high.

Cook for 5.5 hours. Top with a sprinkle of grated parmesan and a few dashes of hot sauce as desired.

Salad
The soup was hearty, flavorful, and filling. We served it with toasted bread brushed with olive oil, salad greens, and snow peas & sliced cucumbers with hummus. The prep work was only 10-12 minutes and the cooking was almost completely hands-free!!!!

Veggies and Hummus

Enjoy!


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