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Slow Cooker Lentil and Ground Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil and Ground Beef Soup
Slow Cooker Lentil and Ground Beef Soup
This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


1 lb. ground beef

½ c. onion, chopped

4 carrots, finely diced

3 ribs celery, diced

1 clove garlic

1 qt. tomato juice (low sodium)

½ Tbsp. dried marjoram

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 c. lentils, dry

Salt (optional)

1 qt. vegetable or beef broth (add at cooking time)


  1. To freeze: Cook lentils according to package directions. Chop vegetables. Add all ingredients except ground beef and onion to a labeled freezer bag. Brown the beef and onion in a skillet; drain. Let cool completely before adding to the freezer bag.
  2. To cook: Remove from freezer and place in refrigerator overnight to thaw. Pour contents into a slow cooker along with 1 quart broth. Season with salt to taste. Cook on low eight to 10 hours.
  3. To serve: Serve with whole-grain bread or crackers

Makes 12 (1-cup) servings. Each serving has 200 calories, 2 g fat, 17 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber and 410 mg sodium.


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