What is the difference between a crockpot and a slow-cooker?? Are they two words for the same item? I’m not really sure why this question just popped into my head.

I’ve been wanting to use mine for a while now, and since I’m feeling in a soup state of mind lentil soup sounded tasty!

Lentil Soup Ingredients
Pops thought this dish looked really bland when it was finished cooking, but he was happily surprised at how tasty it was.


  • 1 pound rinsed lentils
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic (or 2 cloves fresh garlic minced)
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or you can use canned tomatoes with liquid and chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cauliflower (or 2 large carrots sliced)
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 2 small peppers chopped (or 1 bell pepper chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley)
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried leaf sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried leaf thyme


After all the chopping, slicing, mincing and measuring there’s really only 1 thing left to do:

lentils and garlic

chopped onion, celery, pepper, tomatoes, cauliflower

1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on the LOW setting for 5 to 6 hours or the HIGH setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

lentil soup ingredients in crock pot
All the chopped items in the crock pot.
broth added to lentil soup
Vegetable broth added

(If broth gets low, you can add more to make this dish more “soup” like and less “stew” like.)

vegetable broth
here's the brand of vegetable broth I used

When you’re close to being ready to eat, I’d recommend popping in a nice fresh baguette or sourdough loaf into the oven about 10 minutes. Nice toasty bread and this soup. YUM!

~ Lita


7 Comments on Meatless Mondays – Crockpot Lentil Soup

  1. Casey
    November 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm (7 years ago)

    I am so saving this one for a cold snowy day. I love Lentil soup , and to do in the crockpot is wonderful. Thanks!

  2. Erin Love
    November 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Mmmm!! Definitely gonna try this one!

    • Lita
      November 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm (7 years ago)

      Let me know how it turns out for you!!

  3. Resa
    November 15, 2010 at 11:05 am (7 years ago)

    I love Lentils! I think I will make this, maybe on the weekend! That is THE BIGGEST jar of garlic I have ever seen!! :-)

    • Lita
      November 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm (7 years ago)

      yahoo…oh it was really tasty too…I admit I was a little surprised – I had forgotten how tasty lentils can be!!

  4. Emily @ The Happy Home
    November 15, 2010 at 9:32 am (7 years ago)

    i think crock pot is just a brand of slow cooker.

    this looks good! i need to have david make some while i’m at work this week ;-)

    • Lita
      November 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm (7 years ago)

      I need some tips on how to train my other half do to some cooking!! I’m jealous!!