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Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

On the plane ride home, I started making plans for recreating some of the faboulous meals I’d had on my vacation – Ottolenghi’s basmati and wild rice salad, the appeltaart from the Old Church café in Amsterdam and the Moutabal I ate atop the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris; I was going to make them all… as soon as we landed.

And then I got home and got sick; a lingering cold and melancholy, and then the thick fog came, eerie and haunting, covering the city for days… like a setting for some mystical novel.

Feeling poorly and cold and forlorn in ‘perpetual fog city’ put a damper on my desire to recreate cheery meals – instead, I wanted soup… lots of warm, thick, soothing and filling soups.

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

A hearty bowl of soup seemed more suitable for the mood, and this slow cooker lentil soup is just the ideal soup for the occasion; it’s brothy and filling with chunks of vegetables, and so, so easy to make.

It’s probably the very first soup I think of when the temperature drops, and the trees start turning colour and shedding.
And because it’s easy, adaptable and oh so deliciously comforting, I usually make it a few times throughout the colder months.

Sometimes I sauté the vegetables first before they go in the slow cooker, by all means do that if you have time – like I said, this recipe is very versatile – you can also add your favourites… like cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes, other root vegetables, rice, quinoa, chopped apples… etc.

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