I have often made this for a new mom as well since I think it's a great comfort soup.
I made some last week and then Eden ate leftover soup most of the week. This made me very happy because it has so many great nutrients in it!
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken-Lentil Soup
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (I usually use chx breast)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium zucchini, chopped (2 cups)
4 medium carrots, sliced (2 cups)
1 cup dried lentils (8 oz), sorted, rinsed
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (opt.)
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
- In 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix onion, zucchini, carrots, lentils, broth, salt and pepper. Add chicken.
- Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
- Remove chicken from slow cooker. Use 2 forks to pull chicken into shreds. Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in mushrooms and tomatoes. Cover; cook on Low heat setting about 15 minutes longer or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with cheese.
Whip up some Baking Powder Biscuits and you have an easy, super yummy dinner!