This versatile recipe tastes even better with the accompanying vinaigrette.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, carrots, and garlic with salt, stirring occasionally, until limp and browning, about 10 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a slow cooker with tomato sauce, lentils, water, broth, bay leaf, thyme, and vinegar. Cook on Low for 6 hours.

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  • For vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt.

  • Taste soup for salt, then serve with a drizzle of vinaigrette over each bowl.

Nutrition Facts

392 calories; 14.6 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 1102 mg sodium. 46.6 g carbohydrates; 19.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2015
So hearty and satisfying for a meatless recipe and so yummy and good for you. Love the idea of the vinaigrette on top. I take it one further: Chop up some celery heart (the sweet-tasting yellow-colored stalks at the core of your celery bunch along with the leaves) and sprinkle on top of each bowl before adding the vinaigrette. It's like a little salad on top and it adds a little crunch. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2016
the lentils never softened up even after cooking in the crockpot for 18 hours.. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2015
So hearty and satisfying for a meatless recipe and so yummy and good for you. Love the idea of the vinaigrette on top. I take it one further: Chop up some celery heart (the sweet-tasting yellow-colored stalks at the core of your celery bunch along with the leaves) and sprinkle on top of each bowl before adding the vinaigrette. It's like a little salad on top and it adds a little crunch. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2015
So hearty and satisfying for a meatless recipe and so yummy and good for you. Love the idea of the vinaigrette on top. I take it one further: Chop up some celery heart (the sweet-tasting yellow-colored stalks at the core of your celery bunch along with the leaves) and sprinkle on top of each bowl before adding the vinaigrette. It's like a little salad on top and it adds a little crunch. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
I will make again. I would add more balsamic vinegar and a touch of Worcestershire sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2017
Very lovely blend of flavors. I didn't use the optional vinaigrette and used dried thyme instead of a sprig. Used consume granules instead of chicken or vegetable. Very nice lentil soup with no tweaking needed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2016
Delicious! I have been making lentil soup for years trying many different recipes and I think I found the ONE. It's delicious and the garlic vinaigrette drizzle is excellent. If I would add/change anything it would be to add more garlic to the vinaigrette (one more clove) and add some shaved Parmesan to each bowl of soup. Serve it up with some crusty French bread and a full-bodied red wine and you have a gourmet meal! (I also added some chicken sausage which made the soup even heartier.) Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2016
the lentils never softened up even after cooking in the crockpot for 18 hours.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2016
I have made this several times. My family loves it. The vinaigrette really makes it! I increased the garlic--my family loves garlic! It gets better a day or so later. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2016
The soup was very good. The vinaigrette proved to be too much for my family but we'll make the soup again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2017
I've never liked lentil soup but this one is outstanding!!! It is not earthy tasting like most others. I used dried thyme instead of fresh and forgot to do the vinaigrette when it was done But this soup was amazing. It'll be on my repeat list! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/30/2015
Thyme made it taste musty. The vinegar was too much. Read More