Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes

There is nothing better than a warm, comforting bowl of hearty soup in the fall or winter months - unless that soup is made in the crockpot!!!  Yes!  If you haven't discovered a crockpot or slow cooker, then get yourself will change your life. 

This recipe, like many crock pot recipes, can be prepared the night before.  Just chop up all your veggies and pre-measure your ingredients.  Then you can just dump everything in the crockpot the morning of and let it cook away all day.  

This Vegetable Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes is a great Meatless Monday treat and the leftovers make great lunches!  Enjoy!!!

Happy Cooking!
Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes
recipe based on

4 large carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1.5 cups chopped green beans
2 cups green, brown, or black lentils
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
64 oz vegetable broth
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper

Chop and mince up all your veggies and throw them in the crockpot (a.k.a slow cooker).
Measure out your lentils...I only had a little green lentils left, then I used black big deal.  Any color should work.
Dump in the tomatoes, seasonings, and lentils. 

Then add the vegetable broth.  Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  These lentils are not pre-soaked or pre-cooked, so they need time to plump up.  Besides, I think the longer you cook it the better for soups. 

And it magically turns into this masterpiece!!!
Yummy!!!  Look at all that hearty vegetable goodness!  I love lentils!!! 
Serve immediately and enjoy!

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