Sunday, January 11, 2009

Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup


Last winter I wanted to finally cook a lentil dish. I found this recipe for what seemed like a healthy, filling, vegetarian soup. One of the best things about lentils is they don’t take long to cook. This soup comes together really fast. It’s great to make a big pot on Sunday, and then eat it for lunch all week. One of my favorite things about this soup is the colors! I love brightly colored food. The Boy took one look at it and sniffed up his nose and said “I ain’t eatin’ that.” He’ll eat a lot of what I cook, but I think he draws the line at lentils. And honestly, that is fine because MORE FOR ME!

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Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup

from Good Housekeeping as seen on Delish
Makes about 7 1/2 cups.

Ingredients:


1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
1 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can(s) (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 cup(s) dried red lentils
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/8 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
1 bag(s) (5-ounce) baby spinach

Directions:

In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil on medium until hot. Add carrots and onion, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, broth, lentils, 2 cups water, salt, and pepper; cover and heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 8 to 10 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach.

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7 Responses to “Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup”

  1. 1
    Erin — January 11, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    This looks like a great winter dinner!

  2. 2
    Joelen — January 11, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

    What a colorful and hearty looking soup!

  3. 3
    Maris — January 11, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    I love lentil soup, this sounds great! I’m on a mission to make more soups since its so cold out now, I’ll have to add this to the list.

  4. 4
    bensbaby116 — January 12, 2009 @ 4:49 am

    I’m not a huge fan of lentils, but my husband is. I wonder if my grocery store carries red lentils, and how the differ from green lentils exactly… I think I’ll have to do some research on that because your recipe looks great!

  5. 5
    Cindy — January 12, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    Love soup, esp. vegetable. I am a big lentil fan, too. Good protein source.

  6. 6
    Sara — January 12, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

    I love red lentils, this looks great.

  7. 7
    Hillary — January 14, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    Looks like a terrific soup! Love when it’s so hearty and thick!

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