Like most soups, this Moroccan lentil soup recipe gets better with time as the complex seasonings have time to develop. Make it a day ahead if you can--this easy slow cooker/crock pot recipe variation makes it a cinch to get the soup cooking while you do other things.

Joyce Hendley
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


Recipe Summary

5 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker (see Tip). Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined.

  • Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.

  • During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.


Tip: For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

To make ahead: Stir in spinach (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice just before serving.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

128 calories; protein 7.6g; carbohydrates 21.3g; dietary fiber 5g; sugars 5.9g; fat 1.1g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 5114.6IU; vitamin c 29.1mg; folate 45.1mcg; calcium 62mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 20.8mg; potassium 406mg; sodium 450.1mg; thiamin 0.6mg.

Reviews (49)

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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Great soup Made this soup during a blizzard and substituted broccoli since we had no cauliflower; also left out dried coriander since we didn't have that. Very easy very tasty. My kids liked it (though my teenager thought it needed more spice ). A great addition to my regular rotation of dinners. Pros: easy delicious Cons: more spice Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I did not make any changes to the recipe - it is very good but i agree it could be a bit more flavorful; however i had one major problem. The lentils did not cook properly! i just couldn't figure it out; i've eaten lentils a bunch as a child not so much of late. After the failure i googled that either the lentils were old... or there could be a problem cooking them with the acidic tomatos. Anyway i then cooked up a separate batch of lentils (alone); dished out lentils into my bowl and added the soup on top -- MUCH better and I managed to save the large pot of soup! I didn't read all the review but curious if anyone else had problem with the lentils cooking in the crockpot? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is INCREDIBLE! The most delicious soup I have made yet! I am planning on making this at least once a month probably more times than that. I made some changes to the recipe so the texture was more curried than soup-y but it had incredible flavors. Here's what I did: 1 cups minced carrots 4 cloves garlic minced 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric teaspoon ground cinnamon teaspoon ground pepper 3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable stock 1.5 cups water 1.5 cups minced cauliflower 1 cups lentils 14-ounce (0.5 can) diced tomatoes 1 tablespoons tomato paste 2 cups minced fresh spinach I put everything in my crock pot for 9.5 hours and served. Before serving I minced 1 bunch minced fresh cilantro to store and keep for later servings and mixed in a spoonful of it to mix in with my bowl. I also added some lemon juice to taste right before eating. It was heavenly. I put basically everything in my mini food processor and it really worked for this recipe. I loved loved loved it. Thank you Joyce! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
After reading a few reviews I soaked the lentils left out the water used fresh tomatoes w/juice. I first made half batch it was excellent.I had a bowl froze the remainder. Second batch I added Aleppo chile pepper and Ikea frozen veggie balls. I invited neighbors for lunch. With a lite green salad and garlic toast. They gave this soup...10 stars!!!!! Yes I will make it again!Thanx for sharing!raf Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I really wanted to like this looked delicious and smelled wonderful as it was cooking. But it was just meh.... Before cooking I re read the ingredients several times and thought it strange that salt was not listed so I did add it. It didn't help....I won't make it again. However if you decide to give it a go make sure to cook the lentils ahead of time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very Yummy Had all the ingredients on hand so whipped this up yesterday. did stove top not crock pot. Really good and will be making again. Pros: easy fast healthy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I followed this recipe as published but the end result was rather disappointing. I think you should remove this one from your site. I won't make this one again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used red lentils. Also added a touch of cayenne and a half t smoked paprika. Only had one can of diced tomatoes and used a spoon of organic ketchup to add color since I didn't have tomato paste. Did it stove top since my crock pot was too small. Simmered covered two hours. The spinach rocks! Needs some salt in the bowl. I believe the flavor will improve overnight. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Bland Bitter Vegetable Soup I love Eating Well recipes and I really wanted to like this soup. I love lentils turmeric & cumin and all the vegetables in this recipe...but this just wound up very bland and even a litle bitter. It was almost inedible. Maybe it was lacking salt? I doctored it up with some salt pepper and curry powder and so our leftovers are at least edible now! Pros: Healthy Cons: Bland Read More