Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Bacon

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes

Bacon adds a smoky, salty flavor to this easy and delicious slow cooker lentil soup full of veggies, protein and fiber.

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Bacon - The Lemon Bowl

The hectic holiday season and everyday life as a busy work-at-home mother of a toddler practically beg for easy and delicious slow cooker recipes. If you accidentally had cookies for breakfast, lentil soup will give you a hefty dose of much-needed protein, fiber, and nutrients.

Smoky bacon, fire roasted tomatoes and smoked paprika all provide richness and depth of flavor without many additional calories. As always, make it your own! Diced white or sweet potatoes would be a great addition to make it a bit heartier. Don’t have any fire roasted tomatoes? Regular diced or whole peeled work just fine. Want to dial down the heat? Skip the chili pepper flakes.

The best part? The slow cooker does all of the work so that you can get back to baking cookies. Or testing that fudge for poison….again

Your spoon is waiting.

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Bacon - The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Bacon

4.34 stars average
Bacon adds a smoky, salty flavor to this easy and delicious slow cooker lentil soup full of veggies, protein and fiber.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 15 minutes
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Servings4

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 slices bacon (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup lentils (rinsed and sorted)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz chicken broth (low sodium)
  • fresh chopped parsley (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon slices until brown and crispy then remove from pan and set on a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  • Add all ingredients including the cooked bacon to the slow cooker and heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  • Serve with fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

Salt is left out of this recipe due to the bacon, canned tomatoes and chicken broth used. Feel free to add salt if you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 34.1gProtein: 13.3gFat: 1.9gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 470mgFiber: 11.8gSugar: 7.4g

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32 responses to “Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Bacon”

  1. Amber Avatar
    Amber

    Hello Liz!
    I hope you are still active on here. I’ve never cooked lentils before. What color do you use?
    Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I like to use green or brown lentils for this soup :)

  2. Brian Bassett Avatar
    Brian Bassett

    If you are going to give nutritional fact per serving, it might be a good thing to say what the serving size is. Also, light grey text on an off-white background is cruel on people with poor vision.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Brian,

      Sorry about that – this recipe is 6 years old and 3 or 4 years ago we got a new recipe plugin which makes the recipes printer friendly and easy to use. As a result, the serving size didn’t pull over but I added it in (2 cups.) I hope you enjoy the recipe! As for the light grey text on off white background, you’re the first person to ever mention having trouble seeing it but I appreciate you letting me know. I’ll see if others feel the same and consider changing as we do a website redo in the coming years. :)

  3. Candace Avatar
    Candace

    I plan on making this on Sunday for the week. Haven’t tried lentils yet and I figured the best way to try them is with BACON!!!! LOL. I do have one question…do you know if this will freeze well? I’m omitting the tomatoes because I can’t eat them but including all other ingredients.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes this freezers really well!

  4. MaryPat1026 Avatar
    MaryPat1026

    Very good basic recipe; I increased the lentils to 1.5c. Instead of bacon, I used 5 andouille sausages that had been browned, braised, then chopped in large chunks (omitted the chili flakes and canned tomatoes, but would use the tomatoes again). I used the sausage braising liquid along with the chicken stock. During the last 1/2 hour, I added chopped kale. It was excellent!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you loved it and made it your own!!

  5. Sky North Avatar
    Sky North

    This is very similar to a recipe I make regularly, though I do not use a slow cooker but just a normal pan and on a low heat. I alwasy tend to vary it slightly but the main ingredients are all there. I vary the begetables according to what is in season. There is something about the “gravy” that green lentils make but I often use a mixture of red and green ones. It tastes delicious with grated cheese on top and seeved with warm crusty bread, home made garlic and olive oil bread, or even chapatis/tortillas.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Such a great idea!! Thanks for your thoughts!

  6. Inspire Me Avatar
    Inspire Me

    Please make my previous comment 5 stars. It wont let me.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much – I so appreciate it!!

  7. Inspire Me Avatar
    Inspire Me

    I actually made this recipe tonight. Delicious! I didn’t have any fire roasted tomatoes so I just used plain whole ones chopped. Just threw it on the stove, no crock pot. Didn’t expect it to cook as fast as it did. I bet it will taste even better tomorrow. If there are any leftovers. =P Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am so glad you enjoyed it!! It will absolutely taste even better the next day – enjoy!!!

  8. katie Avatar
    katie

    This crock pot soup sounds fantastic!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Katie! I’m on a crock pot kick!! :)

  9. Elizabeth Avatar
    Elizabeth

    Oh my, this looks good! Can’t beat a healthy, hearty soup — especially if it’s got lentils AND bacon! Yum.

  10. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} Avatar
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    Liz! I haven’t tried lentils yet!! What is wrong with me??? This looks totally amazeballs and probably has so much flava! Yum!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Liz! xo

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You’ve gotta get on the lentil train sista!! So filling and good! Happy Holidays!

  11. cakewhiz Avatar
    cakewhiz

    i haven’t had lentil soup prepared this way … it looks very appetizing :)

  12. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Avatar
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    I have been allll about lentils lately. They are so hearty and healthy. Who doesn’t love a slow cooker kind of day.

  13. Baking Serendipity Avatar
    Baking Serendipity

    This is the kind of soup I need in my busy holiday season :) I would love the lentils in it, and my husband would be super please that bacon is involved…it’s a definite winner!

  14. Ashley - Baker by Nature Avatar
    Ashley – Baker by Nature

    This soup looks INCREDIBLE, Liz! I want a bowl right now.

  15. Vicki E Avatar
    Vicki E

    Looks & sounds amazing! Will be making this real soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete Avatar
    Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete

    I visit your blog everyday and my list of “MUST MAKE” recipes keeps growing! haha Anything with bacon has me sold :P

    1. Liz Della Croce Avatar
      Liz Della Croce

      You are so sweet – thank you!! Please let me know what you end up making!! This soup is killer and wicked easy. :)

  17. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    You had me at slow cooker. Wait. Lentil. No. Bacon. Yep, bacon! Looks so stinking good!

    1. Liz Della Croce Avatar
      Liz Della Croce

      LOL!!! I love it. :-) I hope you get to try it – so good!!!

  18. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama Avatar
    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    Yum! I love lentils. And I really need to use the slowcooker more.

    1. Liz Della Croce Avatar
      Liz Della Croce

      Same here- every time I use it I need to just keep it out. :-)

  19. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    This is perfect – I feel good just looking at it.

    1. Liz Della Croce Avatar
      Liz Della Croce

      I’m banking on losing 5 pounds just by looking at this recipe. Think I have a chance?

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