Saturday, February 13, 2010

Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Stew Great for Weeknight Entertaining

This month was my turn to host book club. I was really excited because we have just moved into our house and I have missed hosting events. Since we meet on a weeknight, I decided to make a slow cooker meal that would be very easy to serve a large group and cut back on the stress of hosting on a weeknight. Slow cookers are so convenient, energy-efficient, and such a time saver!

Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

Serve with brown rice and top with grated cheese such as Parmesan or sharp cheddar.

  • 2 cups dried lentils, washed and drained
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1-14oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 cups water (or 2 cups water, 2 cups broth)
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Penzey's Northwoods Fire Seasoning (or smoked paprika, thyme, and cayenne)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Night before: Fill slow cooker with rinsed lentils, diced onions, carrots, and celery. You can also add dry seasonings if you want. Keep the slow cooker turned off.
  • Morning: Add wet ingredients - tomato sauce, tomato paste, water/broth, and garlic. Turn on slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
  • Evening: Stir lentil stew and add more prepared broth to your consistency preference. Keep warm. Prepare brown rice and serve.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!


  1. I made this last week and we both liked it a lot! One of our favorite babysitters is vegan and she really appreciated that I had made something she could enjoy, too! She took some home with her after spending the day with Vi and then we ate the lentils over brown rice for our dinner. Yum!

  2. it's in the pot for dinner tonight, will let you know! :)

  3. We love this recipe! We're planning on doing it again this week.

  4. Mel, I'm so glad you two like it! It's a popular recipe that lots of my friends say that they've tried. You can also try making wraps with the leftovers with brown rice and a little cheese and maybe sour cream and hot sauce. Or I've also added ground sausage, too.

  5. We're doing this again, this time adding some delicata squash from our latest bin. I'm hoping it's as good as the last time.