Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

This is the perfect dish to start the new year; warm, cheap, nourishing, chock-full of veggies, and free of all kinds of things one might want or need to avoid. It’s also a good dish to make if you’re new to cooking for someone vegan or allergen-free, because it won’t require you to buy a lot of specialty ingredients.

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Put the following into a slow cooker:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Large onion, diced

4 celery stalks, including leaves, sliced

4 carrots, peeled and sliced

1 large garlic clove, minced

8 cups (1 qt) water or vegetable stock

1 lb lentils, picked over (look for tiny rocks that can’t be sorted by machine), rinsed, and drained

1 16-oz can of diced tomatoes or 3 cups fresh chopped

2 bay leaves

2 T Worcestershire sauce

Cover and cook on high for about 5 hours, until lentils and carrots are soft.

Stir gently, then add:

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper, or more to taste

Cook for ten minutes more.

Serves 12.


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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