A hearty slow cooker meal that is simple to make and satisfying to eat, especially on a cold day! Top each bowl with some grated Parmesan and serve with warm, crusty bread, if desired.



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse and drain lentils, but do not soak. In a slow cooker, stir together the lentils, tomatoes, broth, water, carrot, sausage, and celery.

  • Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 to 7 hours. Stir well before serving.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

357 calories; 21.2 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 966 mg sodium. 22.8 g carbohydrates; 18.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (213)

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285 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 121
  • 4 star values: 104
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
For those of you that couldn't get your lentils to cook: Adding any acid food such as tomatoes will slow down the cooking time and you'll end up with hard lentils. Add tomatoes after the lentils are nearly cooked through. This should be in the cooking directions. I also added cajun seasoning onion garlic fresh parsley etc. served with corn bread like red beans and rice. Yum Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love lentils and was looking for a little something different to do with them when I happened upon this recipe. Well lets just say I could not keep my husband from dipping into the crock pot over and over again before it was time for dinner. This was really wonderful! I did make two changes though. Instead of using plain diced tomatoes I used diced tomatoes with green chilis. I also chopped up a small onion and put it into the mix. I gave this recipe 5 stars because I think it would have been wonderful without the changes I made we just like our food with a little bit of a "bite" to it. Not only was this meal yummy but very economical as well. I served with warm crusty bread and a big salad and I was able to feed my family of 5 for under 10.00 with leftovers to boot. Thank you so much I will be making again for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Incredible recipe - easy fast tastes great! (but IS filling!:) We like some spice & flavor so I used 1 can of Ro-tel (tomatoes & green chilis) instead of plain tomatoes & did NOT drain the can. I like carrots so I added 3 large ones cut into 1 inch chunks & more celery too - fyi veggies tend to dissolve in slow cookers so the larger pieces do fine with longer/all day cook times. Mine was ready in 5 hrs on high in a crock pot (used small brown lentils). When I am cooking it while at work all day I'll add large/regular lentils and leave pot on low for 8-9 hours. This recipe is so high in protein & fiber is easy & inexpensive to make - what more do you need in a recipe?! Thanks a million Tanya! Oops - forgot to say I added 1/2 large onion chopped and 2tsp fresh minced garlic! Don't forget it - it makes a difference! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! Easy way to cook lentils. Strangley I used a can of rotel since I didn't have a can of tomatos and added onion and garlic. It was wonderful. Be careful not to overcook and end up with mushy lentils. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
First time with lentils and it turned out very good - I added one garlic clove and one medium size onion. I served it with a shot of red pepper sauce for a little kick! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and toddler are such big fans - I get rave reviews for this simple no-hassle dish! I added twice as many carrots and celery as well as onion and a dash of cayenne. I don't have a slow-cooker but the lowest setting on the stovetop worked just fine! Next time I'll try a little spinach and some spicier sausage. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great. I used lowfat kielbasa and was surprised how hearty and satisfying this was. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a good starter. I've been making lentil soup for years. Here are the additions that I use: Fry 4 slices of bacon (cut in half) until crisp. Set bacon aside. Then sauté one onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 stalk of celery and 2 sliced carrots in the bacon grease. Put 1 lbs of dry lentils in the crock pot and add 8 cups of ham stock. Add the sautéed vegetables and 2 tbls. of Dijon mustard. Add 2 bay leaves and mix well. Cook on low for 6 hours then add one can of diced tomato with chiles. Cook for another 2 hours then slice the sausage in even rings and brown for 5 8 minutes until browned on both sides (I usually use Polish Kielbasa) and add to the lentils. Just before serving add a splash of wine vinegar. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a delicious satisfying stew perfect for a fall or winter evening or perhaps for a Boxing Day lunch. The recipe didn't specify red or green lentils. I made it with red lentils and it was perfect. Even my five-year-old son ate it and that says a lot. Very quick and easy to make. My crock pot is my new best friend! Read More