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crock pot lentil soup

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Laurie Sanders
Seattle, WA

Fall means soup weather! We love ham hock and beans at our house but we get a little tired of it sometimes so I decided the other night to pick up dried lentils instead of beans. The result was so delicious!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

So easy, yet so tasty! Don't let the simple ingredients fool you; this is one dynamite lentil soup! The ease of preparing it in a Crock Pot makes it even better. Lentils are like little sponges and soak up the fantastic flavor of the ham hock and the medley of veggies. This slow cooker lentil soup has well balanced savory flavor. Perfect with a little dollop of sour cream.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 8 to 10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For crock pot lentil soup

  • 1 lb
    bag of lentils
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 md
  • 2
    stalks of celery
  • 4 md
  • 1 lg
    ham hock
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 dash
    black pepper
  • 1 c
    additional water or chicken broth

How To Make crock pot lentil soup

  • Lentils in a slow cooker with chicken broth.
    Place 1 bag of lentils (about 2 cups) in your Crock Pot with the 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water.
  • Sauteeing onions, celery, and carrots.
    Cut up onion, celery, and carrots and mince finely in a food processor or by hand. Saute the veggies in a large frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft. Add them to the Crock Pot.
  • Ham hock added to the slow cooker.
    Stir everything up and add the ham hock. Cook on low all day. (I put mine in at 7 in the morning and we didn't eat it until nearly 9 that night. It will be fine.)
  • Chopping meat from the ham hock.
    After it has cooked for between 6 and 8 hours take out the ham hock and get rid of the fat and bone. Chop up the meat.
  • Ham hock meat and salt added to the slow cooker.
    Put it back in with the lentils. Add the salt and pepper to taste. I found 2 teaspoons of salt were just right but a saltier ham hock may mean you don't need to add as much salt.
  • Adding more broth to the slow cooker.
    Add another 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth or water to thin it back down to soup consistency at this point; allow to simmer a little longer. Serve it up, top it with sour cream and enjoy!