Slow-Cooker Italian Chicken-Lentil Soup

Make homemade soup the easy way by using a slow cooker.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

1
lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium zucchini, chopped (2 cups)
4
medium carrots, sliced (2 cups)
1
cup dried lentils (8 oz), sorted, rinsed
4 1/2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons)
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4
cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

  • 1 Remove fat from chicken. In 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix onion, zucchini, carrots, lentils, broth, salt and pepper. Add chicken.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  • 3 Remove chicken from slow cooker. Use 2 forks to pull chicken into shreds. Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in mushrooms and tomatoes. Cover; cook on Low heat setting about 15 minutes longer or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with cheese.

Expert Tips

Lentils can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 2 years. Lentils do not require soaking, and compared to other legumes, they cook in a relatively short time.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
1220mg
1220%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
8g
8%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
30g
30%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
140%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.