Easy Soup, Crockpot Carrot, Tomato and Red Lentil

Thu 6th, Sep, 2012

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Good morning, so you Beach Cottage guys like a recipe it seems…me too, who doesn’t really?

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Now this is one of those recipes that you read and think yeah, whatevs, but trust me this is so easy you can literally throw it in and forget it, but, as ever with Beach Cottage recipes, tastes like you did a whole lot more…let us not though, let our husband’s in on that, huh?


And this, friends, is tip-top Beach Cottage Surfer Boy food….filling, nourishing, warming and easy to grab and eat when you come in from the water…

I first came across this about 12 years ago from a friend back in the Old Country…one day I was there around lunchtime and she about hurled this from store-cupboard to pan, and in 30 mins or so we were eating a lovely lunch…and it tasted divine…


Her basic version involved a can of tomatoes, a shed load of garlic, a cup or so of red lentils and a chilli…and a lot of the time I still make it this way but as it has evolved and I wanted to turn it into a meal and I experimented with doing it in the crockpot I have added a few other bits and bobs…

This too is the thing that I often make in the daytime often at the beginning of the week for lunch…I make up a batch of this and know that the problem of what’s for lunch and often eating on the run is done…

…I love having home-made soup in the house, the methodical chopping of a few vegetables looking sad at the bottom of the fridge, that smell of an onion and some garlic in a pan as I am going about my business and more importantly it means that I am well fed, without any effort.


Aside from that one-woman, all-week nourishing soup though, this is in high rotation here in my slow-cooker / crockpot, that girl on the side of my counter who saves my life (and the necks of the Beach Cottage Crew) on many an occasion…when I am feeling a bit frayed around the edges, there is not much in the house, the cupboards are especially Hubbardy, well this is my go-to…I firmly believe in the power of the slow-cooker in modern parenting *wink…throw something in there and not only are you done but you appear to be in control and everything else in life just seems to go so very much smoother.

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Beach Cottage Recipe

Crockpot Carrot, Tomato & Red Lentil

4 x carrots grated

1 x cup red lentils

6 cups stock

red chilli to your taste (fresh or chilli flakes)

1 can tomatoes

salt & pepper

2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 leek or 1 onion

a lug or two of vinegar

1 tsp fresh ginger grated

grated cheese & extra virgin to top


1. add all ingredients to crockpot / slow cooker

2. cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8 hours

3. serve with bread and topped with cheese & drizzled extra virgin

Beach Cottage Recipe Notes **stove top version much the same, throw veggies into a pan to sweat for 5 or so mins with lid on and then add stock and lentils, bring to boil and simmer for 30 mins  **this is great store-cupboard food just with the onion, lentils and can of tomatoes though really I always have a few stray carrots floating around in my space  **it may well be far too much effort in your life to grate a carrot, if so just chop this roughly *omit the chilli if you don’t like it hot, I add more for mouth-numbing tastiness  *this is lovely served with warmed Lebanese bread (I keep a stash of this in the freezer, pull out when needed straight to the oven)  ** a touch of garam masala doesn’t go amiss here **keep an eye on the liquid if you are making this in the slow cooker (I have a new slow cooker right now and it is cooking a bit hotter than my old one…so I might have to add a bit more water, you may need to do the same or lose a bit by leaving the lid askew)

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I hope you like the look of it ladies, it’s all around Surfer Boy food in this household…but I know that some of you who are reading this are heading down into those Autumnal days…if you are, the nights are drawing in and there is a nip in there air…well, just make this.

Does your crockpot save your life as much as mine? Love it!

Righto, I am off…we have a little armoire in the house…OMG she is divine, actually scrub that she is ****** fabulous and not bad for $150…more on that soon, if I can stop staring at her, stroking her backside and take a picture.

Adios girlfriends


if you like to throw a few things in your slow cooker / crockpot and run out the door, other Beach Cottage Recipes you might like :


Asian Crock Pot Beef here

Easy Curry Chicken here

Surfer Boy Beef Roast Here

White Bean & Bacon Too Easy Stew here 


and my tips to using a slow cooker / crockpot learnt over a good few years now are here!



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24 Responses to “Easy Soup, Crockpot Carrot, Tomato and Red Lentil”

  1. Emma says:

    Fantastic! I can smell it from here, all the way over the blue mountains! We have a box of carrots found this week in the vegie garden, wasn’t sure what to do with them, here is the answer. Thanks muchly.

  2. Promise it will taste as yummy as those gorgeous photos?? Loooovely. Now please get your eyes and hands off your armoires a^*# and start taking some pics of it to share!??!! x

  3. Vicki says:

    Would brown lentils work in this recipe, Sarah?

  4. Mellie says:

    Hi Sarah,
    A friend of ours came to visit once and he knocked something like this for us, a slightly more crude version featuring mustard powder and lots of cheese on top. A huge bowlful could virtually knock you out due to the lentils, there were full stomachs and sleepy heads all round. I always forget about it but its great because you can keep lentils in the pantry for those emergencies, thanks for reminding me of this and adding your very special refinement to it.
    Mellie xx

  5. Alice says:

    Oh thank you sarah…This one is another keeper!

  6. Clare says:

    Hi sarah, Yum, I make something like this but add heaps of coriander. Not done it in the slow cooker though. You have inspired me, I bought the ingredients this afternoon and will wack it on in the morning. Clare

  7. I’ve always wanted to taste carrot soup. Can I copy this recipe? I’d like to try it too. :D

  8. Annie M says:

    Perfect for us right now as my nearly 13 year old animal lover has decided recently to become a vegetarian. We are still working out some easy meals that we can all enjoy and this sounds just right. Thanks Sarah I will definitely be trying this and just about to fill out your survey. Have a lovely day and keep on bringing sunshine and positive vibes into our lives with your beautiful blog. Annie M P.S
    Where did you find the beautiful pink and aqua fabric? I just luv, luv, luv it! Always looking for beautiful fabrics for my quilts. X

    • sarah says:

      I got it on Ebay, years ago when still in England xo

      • Annie M says:

        Oh dear doesn’t look like I’ll be finding any for quilting then does it? But it looks so lovely, thanks for replying Sarah…I just love your taste and style. x

  9. alison says:

    “This too is the thing that I often make in the daytime often at the beginning of the week for lunch…I make up a batch of this and know that the problem of what’s for lunch and often eating on the run is done…”

    Good thinking 99.


    • sarah says:

      haha :-) good for the waistline I think too x

      • alison says:

        Yes I do like the fat free aspect of this soup. Good for getting the daily vegies.

        I made my second batch of this soup yesterday and was a touch heavy with the chilli this time. WOWEEE. Runny nose! Coughing!

        I added 2 grated potatoes and 2 cups of grated pumpkin. This defused the fire. I changed the ingredients a little this batch and the soup is lovely but completely different.

  10. Vicki says:

    Sarah, What kind of stock do you use for this? Do you make it yourself, if so….how?

    • sarah says:

      I make up batches of stock with the bones after Sunday roast…just chuck it in a pan cover with water, an onion and a carrot or any floating around veggies…then I freeze it and pull out when needed…have to say though a good bought stock is also always in my cottage, I am no food snob :-)))) x

  11. Deb says:

    I will be trying this soon! It looks yummy!
    Thanks, so much!

  12. Nik says:

    Hi Sarah … do you use a 810gm of tomatoes or the 400gm tin? I’ve made it today and used the larger tin. Can you please let me know? BTW, love your blog.

    • sarah says:

      thanks I usually just use one 400g can but sometimes if I want more tomato in my life I add two, hope that helps x