You're going to love this Chard, Lentil, & Potato Slow Cooker Soup. It's filling, easy to make, and totally healthy!
I own a ton of cookbooks, but if I had to choose the one I use the most often in my kitchen, it's Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. This is my book that has notes scrawled all over the pages and food spatters on the most frequently used recipes. If you're a vegetarian and you own a slow cooker, you should really buy this book!
This recipe is adapted from a kale and lentil soup that's in Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. It's not super fancy, it's not a show-stopper, but it's a delicious, hearty soup for a chilly fall evening. I replaced the kale with chard—and used a lot more than the original recipe calls for. We love Swiss chard, and if I was buying a whole bunch anyway, why not use it? I even threw in the stems, so nothing goes to waste! I also added some Yukon potatoes to make this soup even more filling, but sweet potatoes or butternut squash would probably be just as tasty.
How to Make Chard, Lentil, & Potato Slow Cooker Soup
- Heat oil in a skillet.
- Add veggies and cook until softened.
- Add veggies and ingredients to slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Season with salt, pepper, and boiled chard leaves.
Full directions for how to make Chard, Lentil, & Potato Slow Cooker Soup are in the printable recipe card below.
Chard, Lentil, & Potato Slow Cooker Soup FAQs
Why do you love this cookbook?
The thing I love about Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker is that the recipes are mostly unfussy. You might have to sauté some ingredients before putting them in the crockpot. But other than that, things are pretty uncomplicated—which is what I like in a cookbook. I want realistic, everyday meals. I want a cookbook I can use, not one with lots of pretty pictures of recipes that are a such pain to assemble that I'll probably never make.
When I was working full-time and going to library school full-time (yeah, that happened), I worked my way through a good half of the recipes in this cookbook. They were so easy to put together! I could let them cook in the crockpot all day and dinner would be ready when we got home. Without fail, they were all winners. The best part was that there were always leftovers, so we could have them for dinner the next day or freeze them. The only thing easier than a slow cooker meal is a leftover meal! Or stopping at Chipotle on the way home from work. (Yeah, that happened too.)
Can I freeze this soup?
You can easily freeze this soup. Simply let it cool down a bit, pour it into freezer-friendly containers or ziplock bags, and pop it in the freezer until you're ready to eat it again! I recommend separating the soup into serving-size portions so you don't have to thaw all of your frozen soup when you only want to eat one cup.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion chopped
- 1 stalk celery sliced
- 1 large carrot sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large bunch Swiss chard leaves torn into bite-sized pieces and stems sliced
- 1 cup dried brown lentils picked over and rinsed
- 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and stems from Swiss chard.
- Cover and cook until softened, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add cooked vegetable mixture, lentils, potatoes, broth, and soy sauce in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
- Stir to combine, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
- Just before soup is finished cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place reserved chard leaves in boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Drain leaves well and stir into soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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