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Oma's Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

Bowl of slow cooked German lentil soup
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Here's a lentil soup recipe, aka Linsensuppe, you can put together quickly in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. (This Oma just loves slow cooker soups!)  You can make it a vegan soup or add some meat such as smoked sausage. Either way -- delicious! I like adding tomatoes, a great variation on the traditional lentil soup. If you want really traditional, omit the tomatoes. 

Make this with or without meat. Smoked sausage is wonderful. A slab of smoked bacon with rind is fabulous. Check out the "a bit of this and a bit of that" at the end of the recipe for so many different ways to create your own slow cooker lentil soup recipe.

Oma's Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green or brown lentils
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower and/or cubed potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (with juice) (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  • Wash lentils and pick over and remove any little stones, etc., if necessary.
  • Place everything in slow cooker. 
  • Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 8 - 10 hours or until lentils are soft.
  • Check seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as needed.
  • Makes 8 servings

Like the soup above? You'll love looking at and making more of Oma's soups. All so quick and easy!

What makes these soups so wunderbar? They bring back such wonderful memories of my Mutti's kitchen. So, of course, I had to write my own soup e-cookbook to share with my grandchildren. I know you'll LOVE it, too! There are 84 full-color pages filled with step-by-step instructions and hints. Take a quick peek ...

Sharing these soup recipes from my Mutti and Oma to my own young grandchildren ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our German heritage :)

A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • If you don't have vegetable stock, use water and vegetable bouillon cubes using the quantities on the bouillon package to make up 8 cups of stock.
  • Want some other flavors? The following are nice in this: cumin, coriander, turmeric, thyme, or oregano. Finish off with a bit of lemon juice or vinegar (that's German). Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
  • Add a bunch of chopped fresh spinach about 1/2 hour before soup is done for an extra punch of vitamins.
  • Traditionally, tomatoes and cauliflower are not part of this soup. Potatoes are.
  • Not vegetarian or vegan? Use chicken stock for a really rich flavor. Also Feta sprinkled on each serving is a treat. Add some smoked sausage or wieners for some hearty flavor!

My Way ...

  • I usually make this with some kind of meat broth ... adding smoked sausages.
  • However, if you're into some meatless meals, this one is an easy one to start with.
  • It's so healthy ... with protein from the lentils ... that you really won't miss the meat.
  • This is great with any number of veggies added.
  • Change the spices. Make it your own! Change the way you serve it ... with vinegar or honey!
  • I love using my new Cuisinart multi-cooker slow cooker for this. However, you can cook it on the stove top as well. Plan for about 1 - 2 hours cooking time on a gentle simmer. 

How to serve Lentil Soup ...

I grew up with adding a spoonful of vinegar to my bowl of soup. So good!

However, my Vati's Mutti would add a spoonful of honey to her bowl. Somehow I never could try it her way. I just loved my 'vinegary' taste too much :)

Are there any other things you add to your lentil soup? Let me know!

Oma says,

Looking for other bean soup recipes?

How about a red lentil soup? I've got a one that's so quick to make.

Red lentils will cook in about 1/2 hour and taste much more delicate than the green or brown. 

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