French Lentil and Carrot Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours


6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 03, 2023
It’s crazy how just a few ingredients can make such a difference. Using finely chopped rotisserie chicken in this recipe makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal, but you can leave the chicken out if you prefer. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
French Lentil and Carrot Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker; cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours or until lentils are tender.
  2. Stir in chicken and cream. Cover and continue cooking until heated through, about 15 minutes longer.
Test Kitchen tips
  • Remember to check the label when buying herbes de Provence; some contain lavender and some don’t. The lavender adds an unusual flavor that complements both carrots and lentils.
  • The amount of heavy cream may be increased, decreased or eliminated depending on personal tastes.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1-1/2 cups: 338 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 738mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.