The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Smoked Pork, Lentil, and Sauerkraut Soup

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Smoked Pork, Lentil, and Sauerkraut Soup

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Slow Cooker Smoked Pork, Lentil and Sauerkraut Soup

190 Fewer Calories
13 g Less Fat

2 (32-ounce) containers reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) package reduced-sodium sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 (10-ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
1 large tomato, chopped
3/4 pound fully-cooked boneless smoked pork chops, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Combine the broth, sauerkraut, mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, lentils, and tomato in a 5 – or 6 – quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 – 6 hours on high or 8 – 10 hours on low. Add the pork chops during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and heat through. 

Prep Time:  10 min
Slow Cook: About 5 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy
Servings:  8

Per Serving: (1 1/2 cups); 139 Cal; 16 g Protein; 2 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 15 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 66 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 1285 mg Sodium; 16 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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By ana paula mendes on May 11, 2012


Paula, don't ever stop being the wonderful person God created you to be. By being public w/your life & health condtions, you only become more REAL and precious to all who love, admire and respect you so much. If you lose fans because of this; they weren't worth having to begin with. I am in my early 70's and after meeting your wonderful husband on River St. (My husband & I were in Sav. to celebrate our 35th ann.); I wrote you a letter. I didn't even do that as a teen; but he impressed us so much and showed his love for you so much; I couldn't resist. We also have met Jamie, Bobby & Bubba. I'd love to meet you in this life but if I don't I feel sure we'll meet in heaven one day. I pray for you & your precious family. May God continue to bless each of you. Margaret Wisler aka Betsy, March 13, 2012

By Margaret Wisler on March 13, 2012


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By Cindy Hanzel on March 07, 2012


When Will Paula and Bobby's new cookbook be available to buy here in Indiana.. I would love to have one. I am proud of the way you all have handled this situation with dignity and respect. Kathryn Heritier

By Kathryn Emma Heritier on March 07, 2012


Paula me sweet buddy! Just want to tell you that you are the best! Don't you dare let them get you down. I do not remember reading or hearing you say that your show was a health and nutrition show! You cook exactly as I do and I too am a type 2 diabetic. My cooking did not give me diabetes but the medication that my Doctors prescribed me for fibromyalgia did. I still eat the same but I have to limit the amount. I made me so mad how they attacked you over this. Just hang in there we your friends and fans won't let you down . Please for me, just tell them to stuff it where the sun don't shine! Your buddy in TN Sandy PS if you ever in the neighborhood my door is always open let me know your coming and I'll have a cup of coffee waiting for ya.

By Sandy on March 07, 2012


The primal eater will make some changes. A diet like this is very low in sodium, going low is not good for your health. Sorry, but the heart benefits do not add up. Add full sodium versions and use undrained. I'm not a fat of "containers" of broth as they usually contain MSG. Make your own or find organic. 42% carbs is too much. My balance is 10%, but I will go higher at times. Change a carrot to a turnip will help a little, but my primary strategy is to add back fat and reduce teh serving size. Leave the fat trimmings from the pork, amybe even render them first. Also add some EVOO and Coconut Oil, 1/3 a cup of each max. It sounds fairly bland. I wouldn't hesitate to add salt, and I'd experiment with other spices. I tend to weigh in favor of spices for their beneficial antioxidants, even if it mangles the flavor.

By John on March 06, 2012


I thank God every day for Paula going public with her health issue of diabetes. I cried for Paula because we have so much in our lives that are alike. First, we were both born in 1947, I have been mistaken in looks for Paula, I have a wonderful son and daughter who went through a divorce with me. I fell in love with a wonderful man and said to forget ailimony because being happy was so much important. After Paula went public with her type II, I decided to get a full blood work up and low and behold, I have too much belly fat that is causing my pancreases to work hard and somehow it is affecting my kidneys. Sent my wonderful husband for testing too and his sugar was high but could be treated by diet. God Bless Paula Dean for all she does for everyone. We love you Paula!

By Judy E. Wilson on March 05, 2012

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