Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

If you like lentils you will love this warm and comforting lentil soup. It’s full of vegetables and a tasty gluten free and vegetarian soup that everyone will love. It’s easy and relatively quick to make. It does need about an hour to simmer, but it’s sort of like a crock pot meal where you throw everything in and leave it.

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I loved the heartiness of this soup and how filling it is without being heavy and greasy. If you would prefer less lentils and more broth I would suggest cutting the amount of lentils in the recipe to 1 or 1 1/2 cups. That is totally up to you. I liked the amount of lentils though, so I’m keeping the recipe how I made it.

Also, keep in mind that you will need salt. The amount you add depends on how you like it. I added about 1/2 teaspoon and I found that to be just how I like it.

 

Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 chopped celery
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced spinach
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • salt to taste you will need salt, I added about 1/2 teaspoon
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add carrots, celery and garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add oregano, basil and bay leaves and stir.

  2. Add lentils, broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Remove bayleaves and enjoy!

  3. When ready to serve stir in spinach and vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.


 

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