On the plane ride home, I started making plans for recreating some of the faboulous meals Iâ€™d had on my vacation â€“ Ottolenghi’s basmati and wild rice salad, the appeltaart from the Old Church cafÃ© in Amsterdam and the Moutabal I ate atop the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris; I was going to make them allâ€¦ 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 â€˜perpetual fog cityâ€™ put a damper on my desire to recreate cheery meals â€“ instead, I wanted soupâ€¦ lots of warm, thick, soothing and filling soups.
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; itâ€™s brothy and filling with chunks of vegetables, and so, so easy to make.
Itâ€™s probably the very first soup I think of when the temperature drops, and the trees start turning colour and shedding.
And because itâ€™s easy, adaptable and oh so deliciously comforting, I usually make it a few times throughout the colder months.
Sometimes I sautÃ© the vegetables first before they go in the slow cooker, by all means do that if you have time â€“ like I said, this recipe is very versatile â€“ you can also add your favourites… like cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes, other root vegetables, rice, quinoa, chopped apples… etc.
Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
- 2 cups of dried green lentils, washed and drained
- 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 – 7 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 serrano pepper (or less/more), finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt, or (less/more) to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or (less/more) to taste
- Handful chopped cilantro
- Put lentils in the bowl of your slow cooker
- Add leeks, carrots, onions, garlic and tomato paste
- Add olive oil and vegetable broth, and stir
- Add serrano pepper and minced garlic
- Add oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, and rosemary
- Cover and cook at medium-low for 4 hours, stir soup two hours into cooking
- Add the salt and black pepper after 4 hours, and cook for another 1 â€“ 2 hours
- Taste and adjust the seasoning, and check the lentils, they should be tender
- Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve hot
Wow, this looks wonderful. I’ve been craving soup! 🙂 I hope that you’re feeling better!30 October, 2013 at 10:50 am
Thanks Katie! I’m feeling much better now, and you should definitely make some soup… tis the season for it! 🙂30 October, 2013 at 9:25 pm
Hey E, I hope you are well now? I have been making lentil curry in the slow cooker lots recently but it does not look half as nice as your soup.31 October, 2013 at 4:23 am
I love lentil curry! you should share your recipe. Ok, I’m going over to your blog right now to check if you have some up already 🙂2 November, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Loving your tiny crockpots! Looks so good! Appears spicy and delicious31 October, 2013 at 9:49 am
I know where you are dear. That’s where I’ve been for the last 3 weeks. Bushed, drained by the flu and seeking motivation.
I am glad you’re doing better. Don’t forget the beautiful memories you brought back, but I guess there’s no risk of that happening.
The soup looks nourishing and comforting! Enjoy and keep your spirits up!31 October, 2013 at 2:20 pm
I hope you’re feeling better. I’ve only just discovered your blog, beautiful photos and lovely recipes. I’ll be visiting again. GG2 November, 2013 at 2:27 am
Thanks you much for stopping by! 🙂 Nice to meet you!2 November, 2013 at 3:33 pm
This dish sounds wonderful, so much so that I have it cooking at the moment. Just one question should the olive oil noted in the ingredient list be garlic? If not, the amount of garlic to add is not listed.2 November, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Hi JoAnn! I’m so glad you’re trying it! Yes, please add the olive oil with the broth, and also add a clove of minced garlic. Thanks for catching that, I’ve fixed the recipe. Good luck! ðŸ˜Š2 November, 2013 at 3:32 pm