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Nourishing Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup

Warm, comforting and healthy my Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup is the perfect meal to kick off the new year!

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

I am so excited about the New Year!  I’ll be sharing some simple, easy and nourishing recipes plus healthy living ideas to help you start 2017 on the right foot.  It’s this time of year that I really get the feeling that with the right goals and plan that anything is possible.  Last week I posted 15 Fast, Healthy & Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for the New Year and I’m going to publish even more fresh recipe ideas over the coming weeks.

Today’s recipe is perfect vegan goodness in a bowl.  Vitamin packed kale and carrots combine with protein packed lentils for one amazingly simple healthy recipe.  This Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup is sure to get added to your regular rotation.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

Now normally I feel like lentil soup is kind of sad and boring.  Sure, it might taste good but what about the color?!!!

My version totally solves that by adding veggies.  Remember the more plant-based natural color we get in our food… the more nutrients it has!  I totally heart color in food.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

On top of being warm, comforting AND nourishing my Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup could not be easier!   You just dump everything in the Crock Pot and wait until you get home.  The lentils don’t even need to be pre-soaked.  If you are trying to eat more plant based food this year, lentils are a great way to get some extra protein without a lot of fuss.

This meal has all the makings of a protein filled detox soup after all of those holiday indulgences.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

I made a big pot of this last week and have been enjoying it for days.  I hope you will too.

Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

Norishing Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup

Julie Wunder
Nourishing, high protein Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup. Great detox soup!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Crock Pot
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups dried lentils
  • 10 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • pinch red pepper, optional
  • 6 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1 lemon


  • Put the carrots, onion, lentils, broth, garlic, spices, salt and pepper in a large Crock Pot and stir together. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours or until the lentils are tender. Depedning on how much broth the absorb, add a touch more broth.
  • Once cooked reduce heat to warm and stir in the kale until it is wilted. Squeeze the fresh lemon on top.
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve!


The pinch of red pepper does make it hot, just adds some flavor.
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Vegetarian Crock Pot Lentil Soup / Running in a Skirt

Want more healthy Crock Pot Vegetarian soups?  Start here…

10 Cozy & Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Soup recipes / Running in a Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing 10 great home workouts so get you moving in 2017 without leaving the house.


Your turn!

Do you like lentils?

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:26-04:00 January 3rd, 2017|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Dinner, Food, Soups|23 Comments


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  5. Kimmythevegan January 12, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Oh Julie this recipe sounds super tasty. I’m actually in Canada visiting my mom right now and her kitchen is missing many of the normal tools I use and I am looking for some easy peasy recipes to make us. This is perfect! I can’t wait to try it out =)

  6. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition January 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Julie, this looks so delicious! Love all the veggies and lentils.

    Excited to see all of your healthy posts for 2017!

  7. Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle January 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Yum, Julie!!! I love lentil soup — and the added bright veggies will make this even better! Can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing. Cheers to 2017!

    • JulieWunder January 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it! Hope you get a chance to try it and are staying warm this weekend!

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law January 4, 2017 at 3:06 am - Reply

    This looks amaaaaaazing! I love love love lentils so I need to try this! <3

    • JulieWunder January 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      You’d love this then! Hope you get a chance to try it!

  9. Blane Sherer January 3, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I eat lentil soup pretty often.
    This looks like a nice added recipe
    to the soup itself.

  10. This looks so comforting! I love soup in the winter.

  11. These are my kind of soups! thanks for sharing

  12. Emily January 3, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    That is my favorite way to have vegetables; soup that is PACKED with them! 🙂

  13. [email protected] January 3, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

    You’ve reminded me about using lentils! Making some soon. Have a great day!

  14. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 3, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I crock potted yesterday! I’m making progress! I’m making french onion soup today 😀

    • JulieWunder January 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Ohhh that sounds good! It’s on my list to make a vegetarian version. So good!

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