Slow Cooker Cranberry Swiss Chard & Lentil Soup

slow cooker cranberry swiss chard & lentil soup recipe


Getting ready for the fall is just so fun! Here’s a recipe we’ve been loving sent in by one of our Brüders Butcher customers. This soup is the perfect blend of feeling light and warm with some great veggies while leaving you feeling full and hearty by the end of your bowl. If you have more veggies in your fridge that you want to throw in, this recipe is very flexible for even more earthy flavors! Here’s what you’ll need to know.

Serving Size: 8
Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
Cook Time: 4 - 5 hours


  • 1 Bunch of Swiss Chard, chopped
  • 6 oz. of Cranberries (approximately ½ bag, but if you love them, add the whole thing!)
  • 1 Cup of Lentils (green or brown)
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 Melrose Classic Smoked Pork Sausage Ring from Brüders Butcher, sliced 
  • 2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 2 tsp. Coriander 
  • 4 Tbsp. Brüders Butcher Suet 
  • 2 ½  Containers of Beef or Chicken Broth 32 oz. 

Before each bowl serving, add to flavor preference:

  • Lime Juice 
  • Salt

Optional Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Kale


  • Combine all of your prepared ingredients into a slow cooker, and cook on high for 4-5 hours. 
  • Serve hot

Recommended Pairing: Toasted French Bread

Tip: For best results in slicing your sausage, it is best to fully cook sausage before use in boiling water, but if you don’t mind imperfect slices due to the softness of the casing, you can skip this step!

Soup is the perfect way to use any Swiss chard you may have grown in your garden this year like one of our customers! Not only does it taste great, but it’s also an excellent source of Vitamins A, K, and C. Swiss chard does shrink quite a bit in size once it has been cooked, so don’t be worried about putting in too much because it will get smaller! There are two common stem colors for Swiss chard (white and red). Either one will work well in this recipe. 

This recipe was inspired by a Lebanese lemon soup that purposefully brought bright notes to the forefront of the flavor, making it feel fresh. The cranberries and lime fit this flavor profile well, but it has been made richer by adding additional spices and suet. 

Suet is a common secret ingredient of many chefs because it adds so much flavor. Our beef suet in this recipe gives the soup depth that compliments the sausage’s presence. Don’t take our word for it! Make yourself a bowl.