Vegetable and Lentil Soup

by simplylife on May 29, 2012

I know, I know, it’s the time we’ve been waiting for all year.  The heat is here, summer is on its way and we want to be thinking about trips to the beach and eating outside.

What we don’t want to think about is a hot bowl of soup.

BUT!  Maybe it’s air conditioned where you work and you end up being cold for 8 hours a day (I will never get this)!  Maybe it’s actually is chilly where you live!  Maybe you’re thinking about trips to the beach and wanting to eat something that will help you feel great about wearing that swimsuit!

See, now we’re talking.

My favorite way to each lentils is in soup and I actually ended up making this twice in one week (which is unheard of in our house!) because we just couldn’t get enough.

The soup is light, yet also incredibly filling.  The ingredient list is short, simple and full of inexpensive ingredients.  This makes the perfect leftovers for lunch throughout the week.  You just can’t go wrong.

We enjoyed this with the second half of the dough from this Whole Wheat Poppy Seed Loaf.  It was a meal I will definitely be repeating throughout the entire year!

Vegetable and Lentil Soup

by Simply Life

Keywords: entree soup/stew vegetarian vegan lentils beans

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Parsley, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Instructions

1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 4 minutes. Add potatoes and cook additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in carrots, celery and seasonings.

2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce hit and simmer. Add lentils and simmer gently with pot partially covered until desired tenderness, about 18-20 minutes. Serve in bowls, top with scallions and enjoy!

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  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com/ Bakebikeblog

    a wonderful belly warmer!

  • http://www.managedmacros.com/ teri@tericollins.net

    Hey, the air conditioning is cranking in my work environment too! I could eat soup every day to warm up! Infact I made some hot tea today for just that reason. Besides, a hot meal anytime of season is greatly appreciated, in my book! Your pictures are really good. I like the rustic feel of this one..and that bread? WOW! Thanks for the link to the black bean burgers…pretty impressed that you made the bun!!!

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    I’m this way with smoothies—I eat them straight through the winter! Looks delicious.

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I would eat this year-round, no matter the temps :) It is true that I crave soups more often when it’s cold out, but as long as it’s a delicious soup, I’ll eat it anytime! This looks great!

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com/ Sam

    The soup looks delicious. I definitely end up wearing a wool sweater in my office, but the staff room where I eat my lunch and the classroom across the hall are so warm. I still want to have a salad or something cold to room temperature for lunch.

    That bread though…I’m kind of in love with that loaf of bread in the pictures.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    I’m grabbing a bag of lentils tomorrow, so I’ll have to make this soup!

  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com/ Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    Girl, I had french onion soup for lunch. And I crave chili in the middle of July. Comfort food is necessary all year round!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    This looks perfect for our cooling down weather :) I love lentils in soup too – this looks delicious!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Agreed! Glad I have some company with this! :)

  • Belinda

    AC always throws me off. This is a classic – regardless of temperature!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com/ Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    Soup looks delicious! It’s winter where I live so this is perfect timing for me!

  • http://twitter.com/pinchandswirl Marissa

    Oddly enough, even with summer on the way, I’ve been craving soup. This looks just perfect.

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    This is one of those healthy dishes that one cannot live without. Perfect!

  • http://www.rpsmiles.com/ Del Mar Dentist

    That bread and soup looks really good. its a perfect match, better try this dish on soon. by the way what about the serving time? and is it hard for beginners in cooking to prepare this?

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I have all the ingredients at home! I eat soup all year long too, and ice cream!

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    you just described my office to a t. i need this soup in my life!

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    I love legumes in general, I know I would love this soup!
    I tried your bread recipe couple of days ago, it turned out great! I will blog about it soon :D

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that makes me SO happy to hear! THANKS for telling me!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I always want hot lunches at work because it’s usually freezing!

  • http://peanutbutterandoatmeal.wordpress.com/ Alyssa (pb and oats)

    That soup sounds so good! I love soup and I eat it year round :)

  • Karriann Graf

    Nothing beats comfort food such as this! Delicious!

    “Spice it Up”

  • http://bethmichelle.com/79-2/ Beth Michelle

    This looks like an amazing bowl of soup that I will be saving for fall. Right now its 95F and above and soup is a no go. BUT, that poppy seed loaf…now that I could do in any weather!!

  • Emiky @ A Cambridge Story

    I adore lentiils year round! This soup looks great no matter the season,

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I eat soup alllllll year long. It is one of my all time favourite foods … the ultimate comfort food.

  • Mom

    I love your writing style! I do like soup alot more now that I eat all the veggies, but my eyes were on that bread!

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