Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

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Like most soups, this Moroccan lentil soup recipe gets better with time as the complex seasonings have time to develop. Make it a day ahead if you can—this easy slow cooker/crock pot recipe variation makes it a cinch to get the soup cooking while you do other things.

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup
photographer: Peter Ardito
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 330 minutes (30 minutes prep)

  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 2 cups chopped carrots

  • 4 cloves garlic , minced

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower

  • 1 3/4 cups lentils

  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  1. Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined.

  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 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
about 1 1/4 cups
28 g
1 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
9 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
9 g
681 mg
618 mg
12 servings
about 1 1/4 cups each
1 starch
2 vegetable
1/2 lean meat
Vitamin A
96% daily value
47% dv
Vitamin C
42% dv
23% dv
20% dv

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