Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

This thick and hearty Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup is a flavorful healthy option that is great served over rice. Omit the chicken to make it a vegetarian dish. Under 300 calories per serving!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup. Under 300 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks #dinner

It’s been a while since I shared a slow cooker recipe. The last one I shared was this Slow Cooker Potato Ham and Leek Soup. And that was in July. It’s time for another slow cooker recipe.

A few weeks ago I was craving a hearty meal. Wait, I often crave hearty meals. So a few weeks ago, a few days ago, today. I’m always craving hearty meals. Last year, I made this Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil Stew. I loved it. Ken, not so much. Well, it’s not that he didn’t like it. He just didn’t like the chickpeas. He’s funny. One time I asked him if he liked chickpeas. He said he didn’t know. So I showed him a can of chickpeas so he could see what they look like. Then he shook his head to tell me no, he does not like those things.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup. Under 300 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks #dinner

Now me, I love chickpeas. I like putting them in salads, soups and making chickpea salad with them. But since the S.O. does not like them, I don’t cook with them often. Which is fine. I wanted to make the Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil Stew again, sans the chickpeas. And I wanted to make it in my slow cooker. Because slow cookers equal love. And because I had a bag of dried lentils that I knew would take forever to cook. And because I knew my slow cooker would cook them perfectly, along with the chicken, tomatoes and spices I added to the slow cooker with them.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup. Under 300 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks #dinner

And…I was right. This soup was amazing. I shared some with a friend at work. She loved it. Her family loved it. Win! There was definitely enough soup to feed Ken and I, to share and to store in the freezer for later use. Because let’s face it, this recipe makes a ginourmous amount of soup!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

2.5 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup
 
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Recipe type: slow cooker
Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into small chunks
  • 1 16oz bag of lentils, rinsed (I used green lentils but you can use whichever type you prefer)
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 C vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients, minus the lemon juice and parsley, to your slow cooker. Mix well, Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. See notes for tips on slow cooking lentils.
  2. Once the soup is done cooking, mix in the fresh lemon juice. Ladle into bowls or serve over rice. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Notes
If your slow cooker runs hot, you will not need to cook for the full 8-10 hours. If your slow cooker does not run hot, you will probably need to cook for the full 8-10 hours. Try not to overcook as the lentils could get mushy if overcooked, especially green lentils. Brown lentils tend to hold up better. I used green and they turned out just fine.

To make this a vegan dish, omit the chicken.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 C Calories: 260 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 45g Sugar: 7g Sodium: 577mg Protein: 20g

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Comments

  1. says

    I love soup alllll the time, and this one looks so cozy and comforting. Even better that it’s made in the slow cooker – I can always use more slow cooker recipes. Looks so delicious, Julie! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I am all about slow cooker recipes right now – they are just so perfect for this weather. Definitely will be looking forward to making this lentil soup, it looks incredibly hearty and delicious!

  3. Diane says

    Julie,
    Do I have to add the hot sauce? I’m not fond of heat. If it just gives it a little (and I mean little) kick, then I don’t mind. But I’m not keen on super spicy. I love lentil soup, so I’m very excited to try this!
    Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Diane,

      You can leave the hot sauce out. I love a little kick to my food so I usually add it to many things but it’s totally optional!

      I hope you enjoy the soup.:)

  4. Courtney says

    This “SOUP” is horrible! I made this exactly as the recipe states and the first thing my husband said “This tastes like terrible beans.” This immediately went from our crock pot to the dog’s food bowl. Not even sure if she will even finish it. Don’t waste your time making this! :(

    • says

      I’m sorry to hear the recipe did not work for you. I’d say that’s a matter of your taste preference. Maybe you just aren’t into lentils because the soup is NOT horrible. A co-worker has made this twice and LOVES it, brings it to work for lunch and her kids even like it too. We enjoyed it at my house as well!

  5. Allyson says

    This looks great – I have a big bag of mixed lentils that I thought I would tear through because I really love Madras Lentils, but I just haven’t found many uses for them, I’m excited to give this a try.

    It’s all in the slow cooker as I type – I did make a few substitutions… I didn’t use chicken, but subbed chicken broth (so it’s meatless, but not vegetarian). I don’t use curry powder, so I added cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper (about a teaspoon of each, so it’s got a little more spice than the recipe as written, but the flavors should be about equal). And I sauteed my onion in oil first, then added the spices and garlic – I find slightly cooked spices to have a greater depth of flavor that I just love. I also added carrots and will probably throw in some spinach at the end, just to give it a little more bulk.

    I can’t wait, I hope it’s as delicious as I imagine it to be, I’ll be sure to come back and rate it once we dig in!! Thanks for sharing!

      • Allyson says

        I think they were really true to the recipe (oe I wouldn’t have posted, haha!) But it was GREAT. My mom almost cooked herself something separate, but ended up eating two portions! Winner, for sure!

        • says

          Hi Allyson! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know how the recipe turned out for you. Glad you and your family enjoyed it! :)

  6. says

    This stew was wonderful! I am a test cook for Once a Month Meals and it was part of the Vegetarian Testing this month (sans the chicken of course!). I served it over orzo to make a bit more kid friendly because everything is better with some sort of noodles (to them anyway). The kids LOVED it! 2 out of the 3 had seconds and licked the bowls clean. Wow! I enjoyed it as well. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • says

      Ohh, Love the idea of serving it over orzo! I will have to give that a try the next time I make it! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed the recipe, Jenn!

  7. Brenda Hanes says

    Do you have any idea what the fibre count is in a serving of this. I try to use the nutritionals info. for weight watchers points and would really appreciate it.

  8. Ashley says

    This is in the crock pot right now, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. says

    I can’t recommend this recipe enough. I’ve made it multiple times now, and it’s just fantastic.

    • says

      Hi John,

      I’m so happy that you enjoy this recipe! Thank you for stopping by to let me know. :)

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