Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper


When you want a meal that's hearty AND healthy, this French lentil soup is high on flavor but low on calories. It's packed with veggies and seasoned with cumin and cayenne - the perfect slow cooker vegetable soup for tonight.

Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak

  • 4 cup reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 cup French lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped red sweet pepper (1 medium)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • ½ cup sliced carrot (1 medium)

  • ½ cup sliced celery (1 stalk)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • cup snipped fresh parsley


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 3/4-inch pieces. If desired, in a nonstick skillet cook beef over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Place meat in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in broth, lentils, water, sweet pepper, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Stir in parsley. Ladle soup into bowls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 353mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 31.3mg 157%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 689mg 15%
Folate, total 185.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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