Lentil Soup

by Nicole on March 1, 2010

Hello Monday and HELLO March! You certainly are coming in like a lion…
I don’t have that much time this morning because I did a quick yoga DVD this morning. (YogaWorks Body Slim…has anyone done it?)
So I am getting right to the recipe….I have had a package of dried lentils sitting in my pantry for a couple of weeks now. I wasn’t really sure what I should do with it, so I just let it sit there. I have been trying to eat more beans because I haven’t been eating meat, so when I went to make some hummus, I saw I didn’t have any chickpeas, just the lentils.  Since it was cold and snowy I decided to make soup. I based it on what was on the back of the bag, minus the meat. 

I sauteed the veges (onions, garlic, carrots) in extra virgin olive oil in a little frying pan. After the onions were translucent, I threw it in with the lentils.

Meatless Lentil Soup

1 pound dry Lentils, rinsed
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
8 cups water
1 small can tomato paste
salt, pepper, cumin, parsley to taste

In a medium frying pa saute the garlic, onions and carrots. Meanwhile boil lentils in about 8 cups of water. When tender/translucent (the onion) add it into the lentils. Add chicken or vegetable stock and tomato paste. Add salt, pepper, cumin and parsley to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender and soup is thick. 

This soup is perfect as a main course or a side dish and is filled with not only flavor but protein as well! What is your favorite soup??

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

christie, honoring health March 1, 2010 at 7:26 am

I know, I can't believe it is March either. I'm happy though, means spring is right around the corner.

Soup looks awesome!


Simply Life March 1, 2010 at 7:39 am

great looking soup!


Dgrub March 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

Nice post and great lentil soup pics. Here's a related post (mine!) http://desigrub.com/2010/02/the-best-lentil-soup-with-or-without-a-crockpot/ for your reference. Carrots are indeed a good additions. Let me know what you think.


Angie March 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

What a great looking and healthy soup. I am not doing yoga much anymore because the little guy thinks its wrestling time when i try.


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I truly love lentil soup!!! Its one of my staples :)

I'm so happy March is here! I seriously thought it would never get here!


Jill March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I have gotta make me some lentil soup!!


pegasuslegend March 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

This soup looks heavenly and with the way I feel would be a perfect comfort right now just looking at this makes me want some!


Travel Eat Love March 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

This looks great! March is my birthday month, and since my husband is from Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal too. Plus all of the flowers start sprouting and its getting light out. Love it!


Kristen @ Change of Pace March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Lentil soup is my favorite to make at home! It is SO easy! I do the same thing you do but I don't add the tomato paste. I also use less stock to give it more of a chili consistency. YUM! :)


Bria @ West of Persia March 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

My favorite soup is a chickpea and lentil stew with bright green spinach, tomatoes, and lots of spices, such as allspice, cinnamon, and coriander. I will post it on my blog one day soon. It is excellent, and it "ages" well–meaning it tastes better the 2nd day! Your lentil soup looks fab, btw. Nice work in making it meatless.


Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com March 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Wow, delicious looking lentil soup!! I'll have to try that!
I love lentil chili. I find it so comforting.
Have a fantastic night!


Christine March 2, 2010 at 12:03 am

That looks great! I'm in the mood for soup- guess it's the snow…I'll have to try that this week!


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