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Slow Cooker Golden Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Golden Lentil Soup (Vegan)

Slow Cooker (or Instant Pot) Golden Lentil Soup is a low-fuss meal perfect for healthy weeknight meals. Rich in fiber, protein, & anti-inflammatory spices.
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots sliced thin
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger sub ground ginger
  • 1 small bunch lacinato kale stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • SLOW COOKER: Place first twelve ingredients (through ginger) in a 5- to 6-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Stir well to combine. Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours, until lentils soften. Turn off heat, and stir in kale, coconut milk, and lime juice. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Spoon into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • INSTANT POT: Set Instant Pot to SAUTE. Allow pot to heat for 3 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil, along with onions, carrot, garlic, tomato paste, turmeric, cumin, and ginger. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, lentils, broth, and water. Cover and fasten lid. Lock and seal steam valve. Set to HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. When cooking ends, carefully release pressure by turning Pressure Release to VENT. Stir in kale, coconut milk, and lime juice; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon into bowls and garnish with cilantro.