Lentil & Black Bean Soup

Today was cold, so it seemed like a good day for soup. I tossed a bunch of ingredients into the crock pot and voila: SOUP! It took me about 15 minutes to throw it all together, so it was easy. And we liked it so much I thought I'd share the recipe. We'll definitely be having it again.
Lentil & Black Bean Soup

2 cups of dry lentils, washed
1 cup of dry black beans, washed
1-2 carrots, chopped
1/4 of an onion, chopped
5-6 slices of bacon, chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt
5 chicken bouillon cubes
water: fill to the top of crock pot

Cook on high for 4-5 hours. I then turned it to low for the last 1-2 hours.

*I also think celery and diced tomatoes would have been a good addition, but we were out of those particular ingredients.

By the way, I LOVE soups. If you have a favorite soup recipe, I'd love it if you'd share it!


  1. thought up some great names for baby #5: (found all the names from the 1800's census report)

    Luci (from census, Lucy)
    Josephina (Josie)
    Clara (Claire)

  2. This recipe looks great! I think we will try it next week.



  3. That sounds really good. I love soup in the winter. I will give this one a try soon! Hope you have a great week!

  4. Yummy....the only thing I don't have in my cupboard is the dry black beans.

  5. I've been thinking about a name for Baby #5 and think it should be Evangeline. You clearly have to use a vowel, so Olivia would work (then you'd have A, E, I, I and O) but Evangeline has such a lovely meaning. Think about it, I'm sure you'll see I'm right. =)

  6. We had a soup day for lunch yesterday. I took a box of beef broth added about a cup of water. probably somewhere between a cup and 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies, and cooked a small bag of alphabet noodles, drained, rinsed and added it to the above. Quick, easy, yummy and warm in their tummies on a cold winter day.

  7. Anonymous,
    Thank you for all of your suggestions!
    Several of those made our list at some point during this process!

    You crack me up! You know, at the beginning of this pregnancy, I was all about AVOIDING the names beginning with vowels. Ugh. It's not like we meant to start a trend, here- with the names of our children. Mark was all for choosing one on purpose with a vowel, but I stayed away from the AEIOU sections of the baby name books.

    Funny, though... we've now decided on a girls' name- and it DOES happen to begin with a vowel. Our boys' name, however, does not. So we'll see...

    Evangeline is very pretty, I agree. It doesn't happen to be the name we chose, though. :)

  8. I made this soup yesterday. I didn't have lentils so I used split peas instead. It was really yummy, thanks.
    I think the crock pot is the greatest thing ever! I need to get better at using it.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I am making this for dinner tonight! It smells so good. I added tomatoes! :-)


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