This was originally posted in 2010.  :)  It’s Fall, time to be making soups again!

♥     Mom-Tested Recipe     ♥

I’ve been trying at least two or three new recipes every week since I started planning our meals, and I’m excited about sharing our favorites with you!  Most of them have been Crockpot meals because I love the simplicity of dumping ingredients into my lovely slow cooker and having a meal practically make itself in hours.  Here’s one we tried last night, inspired by this recipe.  I LOVED it!  I added a few things, like bacon and extra potato and carrot – and it was SO good.

Oh, and it’s also been toddler- and husband-approved as well.  ;-)

Hearty Crockpot Bacon, Lentil & Potato Soup

5 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 pound dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 cup mixed beans (can be found in bulk health section or in bags with beans)
4 cups vegetable, chicken, or beef broth (I used bullion cubes)
4 carrots, chopped into small pieces
2-3 potatoes, chopped into small pieces (I didn’t peel them)
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups water
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Salt & pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients into Crockpot.  Stir.  Cover, cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours or until lentils are tender.  Stir well before serving, add salt or whatever is needed to make it taste the way you like it, and enjoy!  I recommend serving with buttered slices of Italian or French bread.  Yum!

So whats your favorite lentil recipe?  If you make this, you’ll have to let me know how you like it!

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