crockpot quinoa lentil soup


adapted from

i know the ingredients list might look intimidatingly long, but it’s mostly just a ton of spices– and they’re definitely worth it! this soup was delicious, and perfect for last night’s movie night with friends.


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup uncooked small red lentils
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small butternut squash (OR 1 small head cauliflower OR 2 medium potatoes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded- optional (i didn’t use this and it was still delicious)
  • 6 cups water or unsalted soup stock (i used 4 cups veg broth and 2 cups water)
  • 1/2 tsp gr cumin
  • 1/2 tsp gr fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp gr coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf or 1 sprig fresh
  • 1 tsp dried basil or 1 Tbsp minced fresh
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary leaves or 1 sprig fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp minced fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro or basil
  • 2 cups chopped fresh greens: kale, chard, or spinach
  • More Heat: Add 1/2 – 1 tsp green curry paste OR 1/4 tsp cayenne powder

Crockpot Directions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa and red lentils in a bowl or pan, then drain into a colander
  2. Peel the carrots, slice lengthwise, then slice in thin pieces
  3. Wash and trim the celery stalks, then slice crosswise in thin pieces
  4. Cut butternut squash into small cubes
  5. Combine olive oil, quinoa, lentils, herbs & spices, fresh ginger and jalapeno in the crockpot
  6. Add the vegetables, except for the optional greens, and cover with the 6 cups water/ broth
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or more if needed
  8. 20 minutes before serving, turn the heat up to high and stir in optional greens
  9. Just before serving, add the minced fresh parsley, basil or cilantro, salt & pepper, and serve, removing the ginger slices, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, as you come across them

One thought on “crockpot quinoa lentil soup”

  1. Best soup EVER! I make it on the stove and it turns out great every time. I like to put sweet potato and cauliflower and lots of spinach. So healthy and filling!

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