This slow cooker spiced carrot and lentil soup recipe is one of my go-to soup recipes. It's perfect from Autumn onwards and is lovely and warming, perfect for those colder months. I love slow cooker recipes because once you put all the ingredients in it cooks itself and you come back home to a delicious smelling kitchen and dinner ready made!
I usually make this in the slow cooker as it's so easy but you can make it in a saucepan the conventional way if you want the soup more quickly. It's really easy to make and very healthy. The lentils pack a nice protein punch so it is filling too. If you use non-dairy milk such as coconut milk in place of the milk it is a great slow cooker vegan soup too.
The ingredients list for this soup is really simple and very healthy. You will need...
- dried red lentils
- ground cumin
- chilli flakes
- vegetable stock
- milk or coconut milk (optional)
See recipe card for amounts.
The carrots make the soup nice and sweet so really suitable for little ones - if you are feeding it to a young child though consider using a low salt vegetable stock.Print
Slow Cooker Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: british
- 600 g chopped carrots (no need to peel)
- 140 g split red lentils
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- Quite literally bung it all in the slow cooker and cook for a few hours on high until the carrots are soft. You can also put it on low and leave it there all day while you are at work, or overnight. If you want the soup quicker, just pop all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes or again until the carrots are soft.
- Blend with a hand blender.
How To Make Slow Cooker Carrot and Lentil Soup
This recipe for slow cooker carrot soup couldn't be easier. Simply chop the carrots (no need to peel them) and add to a slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients except the milk and chilli flakes. Cook on high with the slow cooker cover on for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until the vegetables are soft.
Blend with a hand blender and add a splash of milk for a looser consistency and creamier taste. Garnish with chilli flakes and salt and pepper to taste.
How to store slow cooker lentil soup
This crock pot soup will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Keep in an airtight container and reheat in the microwave or on the hob.
You can also freeze this soup which is perfect if you are batch cooking. Make a double portion and freeze half for another day. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months, simply leave it in the fridge overnight to defrost and reheat the same way.
Variations on lentil carrot soup
You can make so many variations to this soup, try adding chopped onions at the start, or even chopped celery. You can also use homemade vegetable broth or shop bought which will give the soup a different flavour. Try adding garlic or ginger too, especially if you are unwell as they have great health benefits.
This is definitely one of my favourite healthy lunchtime recipes. I serve it with freshly baked baguette or even garlic bread if you want an extra bit of flavour. It goes down really well with the children too because of the natural sweetness in carrots.
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Don't have a slow cooker? As I mentioned you can make this recipe just as easily in a saucepan but I'd definitely recommend getting a slow cooker to add to your kitchen gadgets. We use ours all the time in the winter. Here is a great one on Amazon which is brilliant value to start off with to see if you like it. (affiliate link)
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