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French Lentil and Carrot Soup

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 it out if you prefer. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Stir in chicken and cream. Cover and continue cooking until heated through, about 15 minutes.

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.

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    • Paula
      Sep 4, 2020

      This a delicious, unusual recipe! I did not add chicken, but increased the heavy cream to 1/2 cup and got a great result. Slow cookers can very in temperatures; my soup needed an extra 1 1/2 hrs. to cook lentils, before adding the cream. Worth the wait!

    • curlylis85
      Dec 10, 2018

      This is a perfect fall comfort food. It's a great, simple slow cooker recipe for busy nights when the weather gets cold!

    • patskowski
      Oct 4, 2018

      Hearty soup for fall. French flare is great.