Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lentil and Beef Soup {Slow Cooker}





This Lentil and Beef Soup is so hearty and flavorful.  My favorite lentil soup recipe is very similar to this, without the beef.  I didn't think the beef would change the flavor quite so much.  Boy, was I wrong!  There's a personal note on that Lentil Soup recipe, *half batch is plenty.  The personal note for this soup will read, *half batch is not enough! Double recipe for leftovers!  

I wasn't sure if lentil soup would be good in a slow cooker.  I wanted the lentils to maintain their shape, but they needed to fully cook and I wanted the carrots to be tender, but not mushy.  Cutting the carrots larger than all the other vegies and soaking the beans in warm water for two hours before starting the slow cooker helped everything cook perfectly.

Plan to start your slow cooker, everything needs to be chopped, soaked and seared before that, about 8-10 hours before mealtime.  I cooked mine for three hours on high, then three to four hours on low.  The beans were just cooked enough, but could have taken another hour on high.

Lentil and Beef Soup  {Slow Cooker}
recipe by Stella B's Kitchen
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1 cup dried lentils, soak 2 hours, rinse a couple times while soaking
1/2 pound stew meat, seared in hot pan, set aside
2 cups chopped carrots
1/2 white onion
3 stalks celery
4 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
1-14.5 ounce can petite cut diced tomatoes with olive oil and garlic (plain would work too), undrained
beef broth to cover, about 6 cups

Sear stew meat in hot pan with 1 Tbsp oil, salt and pepper.  Remove from pan and set in medium to large (3 quarts or larger) slow cooker.  Add chopped vegetables, drained lentils, herbs, can of tomatoes and broth to cover.  Turn slow cooker on low for 10 hours, or until lentils are soft.

*note to self: cook high from 11-3:00, low from 3-6:00 to reduce time


6 comments:

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  2. mmmmmm thank you so much for adding this to The Recipe of the Week! This looks perfect :) I am such a huge lover of lentils. Printing this one out! Can't wait to see what you have in store for next week's pasta theme ;)

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  3. Thanks so much for linking up with me. I am checking right now to see if we have the ingredients to make this.

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  4. Looks delicious! So glad you linked up with us! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  5. If you tried adding the tomatoes later in the cooking process, the lentils may cook faster. Tomatoes slow down the cooking of any beans, so you'd want to add them after the beans are already soft.

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