Well, it was bound to happen. My first flop. Okay, flop is a bit harsh. Let me just say this: I am not enjoying this and I have a TON of it.
This is the recipe:
Crock Pot Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
- 4 large carrots, chopped or sliced
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 large sweet potatoes, diced
- 1.5 cups chopped green beans (I used frozen)
- 2 cups dry green lentils
- fresh rosemary (the recipe didn’t specify an amount so I used about 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Put above ingredients into the freezer bag. Before cooking, add:
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 64 oz. vegetable broth
Cook on low for 10 hours. Add additional broth if the soup is too thick after cooking.
Verdict? 2 out of 5 stars.
You see that part about cooking on low for 10 hours? I probably should have tried that. I was short on time, so I cooked on high for an hour and then low for 8 hours. That should have worked but the lentils were crunchy. After 8 hours I tried to give it another hour or so. Better, but not great. The lentils are edible but not how they should be.
The flavor is fine but something is missing. It doesn’t taste bad. It is just not delicious. It tastes like the healthy, vegetarian soup that it is. I am pretty much forcing myself to eat this for lunch this week but I have had enough. Even Max said “I no like this” and he loves sweet potatoes.
Oh, I reduced the broth (I used chicken). 64 oz seemed like way too much. I did around 45-50 oz. Maybe that is the problem. Or maybe raw lentils are not meant to be frozen.
I used Muir Glen fire-roasted tomatoes for this one because they are generally more flavorful. It didn’t help much (or did it?).
So now I have a ton of leftovers (the Knight is away this week, and the Little Prince won’t eat it. I could freeze it but I’m pretty sure I’d never defrost it. I hate wasting food.
Oh well, they can’t all be big hits. At least I didn’t waste expensive meat on this.
Next day edit: I have been thinking more about this and I have a theory. When I put the contents in the slow cooker the lentils were not covered by the liquid. The bag contents were in one big frozen chunk. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.
Here is what I will do next time. I am going to break up the contents and ensure that everything is covered by broth. Also, per my friend Razak’s suggestion I am going to add cumin, paprika and maybe some cayenne. Stay tuned.