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This is my absolute favorite soup. What is even better is that it is also my daughter’s favorite soup. She asks for it all the time and let’s be honest nothing is more satisfying than making something everyone likes. I love when she finishes her bowl and asks for more. That’s when you know they really love it.
This is the recipe my mom made and learned from her father who learned it from his parents. I have changed one little detail to it to make it vegetarian but it still tastes the same. You just need five main ingredients and then add seasonings and it makes the tastiest and hearty soup. I usually just make this and then have some french bread to dip into it.
I guess now would be a good time to tell you how easy this is to make. I throw all the ingredients in the crockpot and walk away for a few hours or go to work and then by dinner time it’s ready for us to pig out on. This soup also stores very well so you can refrigerate it or even freeze it. We usually split it in half and refrigerate one half and freeze the other so it doesn’t go bad. Just remember to put the one you freeze in the refrigerator the morning before you plan on eating it.
Lentil Soup Recipe
Okay, now that I have talked up this soup here is how to make it. I do recommend rinsing your green lentils before putting them in the crockpot. My mom has found a little rock and a twig in the lentils and you don’t want to eat that. I just put the whole bag of them in a strainer and run cold water over it while looking through the lentil for anything that should be in there.
Once you have rinsed the lentils add them to the crockpot. I then add 6 cups of water and 4 Not-beef bouillon cubes or 4Tb. Better Than Boullion No Beef. You can also just do 8 cups vegetable broth instead of the water and bouillon but I like the flavor of the bouillon more. Next, add the large can of stewed tomatoes or two small cans, 1/2 cup chopped carrots and 1/2 of a yellow onion chopped. Last, are the seasonings. I usually just shake them in there but I believe it is about 1 tsp each of dried oregano, mint and pepper. I then put my setting to medium on the crockpot and check the lentils in 3 to 4 hours. You want the lentils to be soft but not mushy.