French Lentil and Carrot Crockpot Soup – #SoupSwappers

Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

I can honestly say that herbs make all of the difference when cooking. The quality, amount, and freshness all can lead to whether or not a dish tastes meh or simply fantastic. When it comes to herbs you don’t have to spend a bloody fortune either. I personally, try and buy most of my herbs and seasonings from Penzeys. Going to their store is almost like going to the “Church of Seasoning.” Meaning that it’s a completely heavenly experience if you’re into that sort of thing and of course I am. Even B.O.B. Bob was pretty gosh darn impressed with the store when we visited it a few years ago. Between the two of us, we had no problem loading up a basket and were forced to install an additional wall-mounted spice rack upon arriving home. Unfortunately for me, but thankfully for my wall space, this specialty store is located in an area we don’t tend to get to very often, so for the most part, I just order online. They are always having amazing deals on shipping and free product giveaways, so be on the lookout.

Now, for this super simple and absolutely delicious soup. For quite some time, I’ve been meaning to buy a bottle of Herbs de Provence, however, every time I either placed an online order or went to my local market, I would completely forget. My brain tends to turn to mush when I enter a market, you’d be surprised how many times I have to go back and forth across the whole darn store because I forgot one thing or another. Anyway, for this soup, I made a special trip to my local market and spent about ten minutes in the spice aisle debating over which brand I should purchase. After carefully reading the labels on each bottle, I came to the realization that most American versions of Herbs de Provence do not actually contain lavender, which is primarily the ingredient in Herbs de Provence that makes it so special. Without it, you could easily make your own homemade version by using thyme, oregano, marjoram, savory, and rosemary. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of felt gypped.

Thankfully, there was one brand of Herbs de Provence that did contain lavender, and that’s the one I decided to buy for this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. Not only did it contain lavender, but it also didn’t look like it had been through three world wars, puked up by a cat, ingested again, and then puked up once again by the same cat on the only rug in the house. Instead, its color was a bright vivid green from the herbs with bits of light purple lavender sprinkled in. No funky additives, salt, or preservatives. Sold. Now, there aren’t a lot of ingredients in this soup or pre-cooking involved, so for it to come out tasting so fantastic, I have to completely give all of the credit to those special herbs. While I might have had to spend a dollar or two extra for those little lavender flakes, the money spent was well worth it. This is a simple and comforting crockpot soup you simply must try, preferably with herbs that don’t look like they’ve been puked up by your cat and then scraped off of a rug.

Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Dried Green Lentils
  • 5 Large Carrots, Peeled & Sliced
  • 1 Large Shallot, Finely Diced
  • 2 Teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken, Finely Chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

Directions:

  1. Place the lentils, carrots, shallot, herbs, pepper, and chicken stock in a large crockpot. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook for 8 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high heat.
  3. Add the chicken, cream, and salt. Stir to combine, cover, and allow to continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

Suggestions:

  • Using finely chopped rotisserie chicken in this recipe makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal, however, you can use any kind of leftover chicken you have on hand, or none at all if you prefer to leave it out altogether.
  • Remember to check the label when you are buying Herbs de Provence; some contain lavender and some don’t. I’ll leave it up to you which one you decide to purchase, however, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the one containing lavender.
  • You may wish to add more or less salt to this soup.

Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

Improvements:

  • You can add more or less heavy cream to this soup or leave it out entirely. It’s all up to you and your own personal taste.
  • Serve garnished with finely grated or shredded cheese.
  • As always, I used Miss O’Hara, my 5-in-1 Crockpot Multi-Cooker, to make this French-inspired soup. If you are in need of a new crockpot, this is the one to get. It doesn’t cook everything you put in it down to utter mush.
  • If you would like this soup to be creamier, purée half of it in a blender and then combine it with the remaining unblended half.

French Lentil and Carrot Crockpot Soup

French Lentil and Carrot Crockpot Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Dried Green Lentils
  • 5 Large Carrots, Peeled & Sliced
  • 1 Large Shallot, Finely Diced
  • 2 Teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken, Finely Chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

Directions:

  1. Place the lentils, carrots, shallot, herbs, pepper, and chicken stock in a large crockpot. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook for 8 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high heat.
  3. Add the chicken, cream, and salt. Stir to combine, cover, and allow to continue cooking for 5 minutes.
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Let your crockpot do all of the work with this French-inspired lentil and carrot soup. It's comforting, satisfying, and most of all absolutely delicious.

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