Slow-Cooker Lentil and Canadian Bacon Soup

Lentils and smoky meats like lean Canadian bacon have a mutual attraction and taste great in this chunky and thick chill-chasing soup.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

4
cups water
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
3 1/2
cups Progresso™ reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
1
medium potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
1
medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium stalk celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1/2 cup)
1
bag (16 oz) dried lentils (2 1/4 cups), sorted, rinsed
1
package (6 oz) sliced Canadian bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 In 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until lentils are tender. Stir well before serving.

Expert Tips

Lentils are a good source of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin, which helps release energy from carbohydrates we eat.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
(
Calories from Fat
20),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
730mg
730%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
10g
10%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.