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Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika

I loved the smoked paprika in this CrockPot soup with red lentils, chickpeas, and tomatoes. This tasty soup freezes well and it’s gluten-free, vegan, and South Beach Diet phase two.

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Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’ve been loving smoked paprika lately, an infatuation that started when my friend Margarethe sent me a recipe for Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika.  Then I got inspired about creating a crockpot soup with smoked paprika when I spotted a recipe for yellow split pea soup with smoked paprika in More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, by Stephanie from A Year of Slow Cooking.

This Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika was another one of those recipes where it took me a few tries to get it just right, but I served this version to my brother Mark and his wife Lisa when they stopped by on Saturday, and they both gave it a thumbs up.   And no matter how much we long for spring, you know there’ll still be more cold wintery days before warm weather arrives, so make this soup in your crockpot next time it’s a cold day where you are.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com
Saute a generous amount of chopped onion in olive oil, then garlic, smoked paprika and other spices and cook 2-3 minutes more.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com
Add the onions and spices to the crockpot along with red lentils, chickpeas, and chicken stock.  (Or use vegetable stock if you want a vegan soup.) 

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

Let the soup cook for 2-3 hours on high, until the lentils are very soft and starting to dissolve.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

Add 2 cans petite diced tomatoes plus the juice and cook for 1-2 hours longer on high.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

The lentils and chickpeas should both be quite soft when the soup has cooked this long.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com
Remove about half of the soup and puree completely with an immersion blender, food processor, or blender.  (This photo is a giant 8-cup glass measuring cup with about 4 cups of soup.)

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com
Stir the pureed soup back into the CrockPot, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, let cook about 15 minutes more and serve hot.  Mark and I liked it with a generous dollop of sour cream and Lisa ate hers plain.

Crockpot Recipe for Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika
(Makes about 8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

(I used a 3.5 quart slow cooker.  I haven’t frozen this soup, but I have no doubt that it freezes well, so make a double batch if you only have a big CrockPot.) 

1 large yellow onion, diced small
1 T olive oil
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. sweet paprika
(I buy both smoked and sweet paprika from Penzeys or The Spice House)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/2 tsp. salt)
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 cup red lentils
2 cans chickpeas, rinsed
5 C chicken or vegetable stock (or use 3 cans chicken or vegetable broth)
2 cans petite dice tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz. can)
Sour cream or vegan sour cream for serving, optional


Heat olive oil in frying pan and saute the diced onion until it’s soft and starting to brown lightly, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, dried thyme, Vege-Sal, and black pepper and saute 2-3 minutes more, or until spices are fragrant.  

Add onion-spice mixture to CrockPot, then rinse out the frying pan with 1 cup of the stock and add to crockpot along with red lentils, rinsed chickpeas, and rest of stock.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until lentils are starting to soften and dissolve into the soup.  (I cooked mine for 2 1/2 hours.  Cooking time will depend partly on how old the lentils are.)

When lentils are starting to soften, add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes with juice.  Cook for 1-2 hours more on high, or until the lentils and chickpeas are both quite soft.  Then remove about 1/2 the soup to a bowl (or the large 8-cup measuring cup I had worked perfectly.)  Puree the soup you removed using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender.  (If you’re using a food processor or blender, be very careful with the hot soup, pureeing in batches if necessary.)  

Stir the pureed soup back into the soup in the CrockPot; taste and add more salt or fresh ground black pepper if desired.  Let soup cook about 15 minutes more, then serve hot.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions: 

Red lentils, chickpeas, and tomatoes are all low-glycemic ingredients, approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet. However dried beans and legumes are limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving for phase one so unless you have a very small serving I would consider this phase two for the South Beach Diet, and this is probably also a limited food for most low-carb diet plans.

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Nutritional Information?

I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn’t have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. Or if you’re a member of Yummly, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.

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84 comments on “Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika”

  1. Dana, so glad you enjoyed the soup. Love the idea of adding some chile powder too.

  2. Kalyn,

    I got some red lentils specifically for this recipe, and I'm glad I did. They are much milder than the brown ones I typically use.

    Not only did this soup turn out to be fantastic… if I had remembered I used my last can of petite diced tomatoes instead of having to chop some stewed tomatoes… this would have been an incredibly quick and easy recipe. Did mine on the stove top because I was pressed for time, but I have a feeling it would be even better in a crock pot.

    Tried it with sweet potatoes? Seems like that would be yummy in it.

  3. Izzy, you'll get hooked on the red lentils for soup. They are so good. I haven't tried this with sweet potatoes in it, but I'm guessing it would be great.

  4. This soup was even better the second day. I used Italian stewed tomatoes, which turned out amazing, so I think I'll use that again when I make this soup AGAIN this weekend! So good. I think this is my favorite recipe of yours so far. 🙂

  5. Izzy, so glad! Thanks for letting me know.

  6. New to South Beach diet and looking for creative ways to enjoy phase 1…I put the ingredients into a calorie counter as well as the serving suggestion and the carbs for this soup are 32 per serving…it seems a bit high, but it does look like a good soup!

  7. Deanna, the South Beach Diet does not count carbs. Instead it's based on the glycemic index, a measure of how quickly foods turn into sugar in the bloodstream. Beans and lentils are slow-digesting carbs, so they are approved for all phases for South Beach (although in smaller amounts for phase one.)

  8. ive never bought red lentils before, also never tasted them so here i am at 30 trying new recipes. i took out your page and even though the husband and i havent tried them or chickpeas, i'm going to try this!! My question is…do i buy canned lentils or dryed lentils?

  9. This recipe uses dried red lentils. If you have a hard time finding them, try a Middle Eastern or Indian grocery store or a health food market like Whole Foods. Hope you enjoy!

  10. Just made it ; very good; used 2 large beefsteak tomatoes from the garden; A keeper recipe; very easy.

  11. So glad you liked it, and love that you used tomatoes from the garden.

  12. Charlotte, I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Unfortunately I can't let people post links here for other blogs or FaceBook recipe sites. If I do, my blog will be over-run with spam from people "advertising" their sites. Thanks for understanding.

  13. Hi Kalyn,

    This soup looks delicious. I don't have a crock pot – do you have any suggestions on how to cook the soup (i.e simmering? and for how long?) in a regular pot?


  14. Rebecca, I've never made it without a crockpot so I could only guess, but I'd say it would be less than half the time on the stove.

  15. I was excited to make this tonight…nice, thick & hearty. The flavor was pretty mild for our family so I added extra smoked paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, & chili powder. I also added chopped kale & bacon. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!

  16. Erin, glad you liked it. Your additions sound good!

  17. Yum!! This looks wonderful. I saw my little sister pin in online 🙂

  18. Very good. I made it as a stew (on the stove) with only 3 cups water. I added 2 bay leaves. In the end I added 1 T sherry vinegar

  19. I love love love your site and this recipe! Just had it last night, it was amazing. I had an idea, I use my tablet in the kitchen for recipes, and I LOVE the fact that you have pictures for each step, however, it would be SUPER handy if when you are writing what ingredients to add with each step, if you put the amount. Just an idea! I find myself scrolling up and down from the steps to the ingredient list to see how much of this, that, etc. Feel free to ignore the idea if you think it's a waste of time though, haha! I value your site tremendously regardless!

  20. Hi Jess, thanks for the nice feedback. I will think about that suggestion. Mostly I wonder if it will seem boring to people if it seems like I'm repeating the recipe twice, but hadn't thought about how you are using it.

  21. I've made this soup many, many times, and it's delicious! It seems every third time I make it, I forget that the tomatoes don't go in with the rest of the ingredients. I can't remember if there's a difference in how it turns out. I'm a novice cook, and this got me wondering what the reason is for waiting to add the tomatoes. Do they get overcooked? Thanks again for all of your great recipes. I've made several of them over the years!

  22. Acidy food like tomatoes can make it so the lentils don't soften.

  23. Ah ha! Thank you for the explanation! It did seem to take the lentils longer to soften. Still tasty though!

  24. I love this soup. Definitely a keeper!

  25. Thanks Laura, so glad you enjoyed it!

  26. I made this soup for dinner. It turned out great! Delicious!

  27. Linda, so glad you enjoyed it! One of my favorites.

  28. Kalyn, love your recipes! Just made this and was wondering how many ounces is one serving? I need to break down the macros for my diet. Thanks!

    • Glad you are enjoying the recipes. I can only guess on what amount someone will eat when I'm calculating the servings, but since the 3.5 quart slow cooker is nearly full in the photo, I'd calculate if you divided this into 8 servings, each is about 10-12 ounces. Quite a bit of that would be liquid.

  29. This soup is great! Thanks!

  30. I have made this soup half a dozen times – it is SO delicious and easy to make. Just made a pot of it again tonight. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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