This weeknight slow cooker lentil soup makes the perfect lazy weeknight dinner. This is a hearty vegetarian soup loaded with two types of lentils, sweet potatoes, and veggies!

a hand scooping a spoon in a bowl of slow cooker lentil soup

Crockpot Lentil Soup

There’s nothing better than enjoying cozy soups when the weather starts to get cold out! This Slow Cooker (or crockpot) Lentil Soup Recipe is a great healthy and hearty recipe that can be eaten as a main dish, an appetizer or for lunch. This recipe is naturally vegetarian and vegan friendly, and gluten-free.

I use this slow cooker to make this recipe, but it can also be made in a regular pot or an instant pot.

Can you put raw lentils in a slow cooker?

The quick answer is yes!

Unlike most legumes, lentils do not need to be soaked or cooked before you put them in the slow cooker. I would recommend giving your lentils a quick rinse before adding them to the slow cooker since there can sometimes be some dirt on them depending on the type of lentils. Red lentils can also have a slightly bitter flavour if they aren’t rinsed before using them.

But this is the best part of this dish – it is so easy! The lentils do not need to prepare them beforehand!

What makes lentil soup healthy?

This soup is one of those hearty soups that can be an appetizer if you want a small portion, or if you’re like me and want a big bowl, this soup is a full-on MEAL. It is also full of nutrients, so you will be getting a meal that feels like it should be not healthy, but it is!

a bowl of slow cooker lentil soup topped with chopped parsley and carrots

We’ve got: 

  • Red lentils: light in flavour, soft and add great texture to the soup.
  • Green lentils: a bit bolder in flavour and have more of a bite to them.
  • Sweet potatoes: sweet and satiating and help thicken the soup.
  • Carrots: great for adding flavour.
  • Kale: Adds nutrients and a great texture.

All the makings of a perfectly acceptable hearty, filling and protein-rich vegetarian soup! Lentils are full of fibre, protein and packed full of B vitamins. They also have a great amount of iron, which is something all my vegetarians and vegans think about since they do not eat iron-rich red meats.

This soup will require 10 minutes of prep, and then your crockpot will do the rest of the work for you. Just throw everything into the crockpot in the morning, turn it on for the day, and next thing you know you’ll be coming home to a delicious already made dinner! (Thank you crockpot, thank youuu!)

If you’re looking for some more slow cooker recipes make sure to make this crockpot Moroccan chickpea stew and this slow cooker quinoa chili next!

lentil soup topped with parsley in a light blue speckled bowl

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • You can use all red lentils, or all green lentils in this recipe if that’s what you have on hand.
  • You can also substitute both of these lentils for any type of lentil you love.
  • Add in any of your favourite veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, or white potatoes.
  • Mix up the herbs in this recipe with your favourite herbs.
  • Add in some rice for an even more hearty filling soup.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • This weeknight slow cooker lentil soup is already quite hearty and loaded with some veggies, but you can always add some more of your favourites to the mix! Regular potatoes, cauliflower or turnips would work particularly well! 
  • One thing I always like to do when making recipes in my slow cooker is to brown my onions and garlic in a pan. You can just throw these directly into the slow cooker completely raw, but they won’t get that same delicious caramelized flavour. So this step is always working the extra couple minutes for me!
  • Depending on how big your vegetables are, you may need to adjust the amount of broth you use slightly to make the soup a little thinner. You can always add a little extra broth at the end to make the soup your desired consistency. 
three bowls of lentil soup with spoons in them

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Weeknight Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Slow Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Weeknight Slow Cooker Lentil Soup is easy to make, hearty, filling and packed with veggies!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 8 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp-1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 tsp herbs de Provence or mixed dried herbs
  • 1 cup kale leaves, shredded

Instructions

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a pan on medium-high heat then add the onion and let cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and let cook another 2 minutes, then pour the onions & garlic into the slow cooker.
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients, except for the kale to the slow cooker. There should be enough liquid to completely cover all the vegetables. (If there’s not, add some more broth)
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  4. 15 minutes before serving, add in the kale & remove the bay leaves.
  5. Taste and adjust any seasoning if necessary.
  6. Serve with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

If you don’t have a slow cooker I recommend this one.

If your soup becomes very thick while cooking, just add in some more broth at the end.

I just a reduced-sodium vegetable broth so I can control how salty the soup turns out.

This weeknight slow cooker lentil soup is already quite hearty and loaded with some veggies, but you can always add some more of your favourites to the mix! Regular potatoes, cauliflower or turnips would work particularly well! 

One thing I always like to do when making recipes in my slow cooker is to brown my onions and garlic in a pan. You can just throw these directly into the slow cooker completely raw, but they won’t get that same delicious caramelized flavour. So this step is always working the extra couple minutes for me!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8th recipe
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Protein: 11g

Keywords: crockpot lentil soup, lentil soup slow cooker, vegetarian lentil soup, vegan lentil soup