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Super Easy and Healthy Warm Lentil Soup

December 14, 2010

Lentil Soup is so hearty, flavorful and healthy that I wonder why I don’t make it more often. Two out of three of my kids even asked for seconds when I served this for dinner the other night, and I was thrilled. Lentils are filled with protein and fiber as well as iron, minerals and B vitamins. Lentils come in three main varieties: brown, green and red. Most grocery stores carry brown lentils, usually dried. Green and red lentils may be found at specialty food markets. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt, dust or debris before adding them to recipes.

Lentil Soup

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
11 cups low-salt chicken broth
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup dried elbow pasta
Preparation
1. Heat oil in a heavy large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes. Simmer until the juices evaporate, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.

2. Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls.



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14 Responses to “Super Easy and Healthy Warm Lentil Soup”
lynn says:
December, 15 2010at 11:51 pm
Brrr it's cold in ATL. This looks like a fabulous lentil soup recipe - can't wait to try it! Thanks.
Tricia says:
December, 14 2010at 10:25 am
Awesome recipe and photo! Now i know what to make for dinner tonight
Maria says:
December, 14 2010at 09:45 am
I need this today! I have been sick! Looks good!
December, 15 2010at 12:42 am
I need to make more hearty, healthy soups like this. It looks great.
Sarah Ann says:
December, 14 2010at 10:26 am
Fabulous! This sounds wonderful
Rachel says:
December, 14 2010at 10:29 am
I love your site and recipes. You are a true inspirational mom when it comes to awesome easy recipes. Thanks!
Kassady says:
December, 14 2010at 10:45 am
Thanks for this! I've been looking for a good, healthy soup recipe. Can't wait to try!
Fuji Mama says:
February, 13 2011at 02:08 pm
Lentils are one of my favorite foods, so I'm definitely adding this to our recipe lineup during the next couple of weeks! Gotta love something that is delicious AND healthy!
Elle says:
February, 13 2011at 09:38 am
I love this-I keep forgetting to make lentil soup! This one seems a delicious place to start. Thanks!
January, 10 2011at 05:18 pm
I am making your soup for dinner. I like a good flavorful lentil soup!
christine says:
February, 07 2012at 09:09 am
i made this last night with trader joes cooked lentils...very quick and delicious!!!
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