Updated: Mar 30
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Homemade Lentil Soup is a hearty, budget-friendly meal that practically cooks itself. Lentils and spices are simmered in a flavorful broth with carrots, celery, onions and tomatoes for a beautiful healthy soup recipe.
Lentils are also very filling, thanks to their abundant healthy fiber and this soup is not only delicious but very healthy! '' very useful for your health, especially corona virus ''
How to Make Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is as easy as 1, 2, 3, especially since you don’t have to presoak the lentils.
In a soup pot, sauté onion and garlic.
Add the rest of the ingredients (per recipe below).
Simmer until lentils are soft, but still, hold their shape (don’t overcook or you’ll lose the broth and your soup will turn into a thick mush).
Lentil soup will accommodate lots of variations. Instead of curry spices, you could try an Italian blend of basil, oregano and bay leaf. Any of your favorite vegetables will work too: green beans, peppers, corn or peas all work well here.
This versatile soup makes an excellent vehicle to use up or stretch leftover meat from the night before. Diced ham, chicken breast, or beef can be tossed in the pot with the rest of the ingredients.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion diced
3 carrots diced
2 ribs celery diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 bay leaf
28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice, or diced
2 cups dry lentils
4 cups water
4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
Cook onion, carrot, celery and garlic in olive oil until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
Stir in spices and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
Add remaining ingredients, breaking up tomatoes and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour adding more broth if needed.
Discard bay leaf and add cilantro to taste.
If you'd prefer a thicker soup, remove 1 to 2 cups of the soup and blend until smooth. Add back to the pot and stir.
Curry and cumin can be replaced with Italian seasoning.
PREP TIME 20 minutes
COOK TIME 1 hour 6 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour 26 minutes
SERVINGS 6 servings
AUTHOR Holly Nilsson