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Lentil Soup

Want a bit of spice to go with your warming winter soup? This one’s for you, and it’s easy. Just place all the ingredients including lentils, carrots, and five different spices into your slow cooker, and in a few hours, it’s soup!

Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 5 hours and 30 minutes


Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups lentils 
  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower 
  • 2 cups chopped carrots 
  • 2 cups chopped onions 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 1 28-ounce can low-sodium diced tomatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 

Directions

  1. Combine lentils, cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, oil, broth, and water in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
  3. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach.
  4. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

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