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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Recipe for Vegetarian Lentil Soup

I am not a big fan of the winter. I do enjoy the four seasons, but I only want winter for a day. I hate the cold!! The snow is pretty, but only from inside. I hate driving in it, shoveling it, scraping my car, and freezing in it!! Since I live in Utah and grew up in Illinois, there is no hope for me. I will always be cold in the winter, with lots of snow.

The only way to survive is to make warm, comfor
ting foods all winter long. Soup is the best! I love making big pots of soup so we can take it in our lunches or reheat it for a quick dinner. Sometimes we freeze soup too, but Josh is a good eater, so we usually don't have extras:)

I recently made a big pot of vegetarian lentil soup.
It was just what I needed to warm up. I love cooking with lentils too. They are a great source of protein and keep me full for a good while. So if you are cold or just hungry for a good soup, try this recipe!

Vegetarian Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound brown lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups), rinsed and picked over
3 cans low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups of water
2 bay leaves

4 fresh thyme sprigs

Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth, water, and stir. Add the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Blogger Liz said...

I love lentil soup! Looks great!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

This Lentil soup looks great!I'd like to invite you to take some time to drop by at Foodista and share the info on this wonderful food with us. We have launched an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia.Don't forget to register first so we know who to thank the recipe for. Thanks! See you there!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

this looks lovely! stay warm inside :) at least there's curling up by the fire... looking at the snow inside!!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmm! I hate cold too (which is part of the reason we moved to SC :)). This soup looks really great! I use to hate beans as a kid and have really grown to love them! We don't usually have many leftovers Josh is a good eater too ;)

6:49 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

This looks so delcious. I have still never tried lentils. Maybe I will start with this recipe.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Looks delicious, and the photos are looking good too! I love lentils!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Oh how I need something healthy and hearty like this. Forget that it's been snowing and icy outside, I've been living on Christmas cookies for weeks now!

8:08 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Boo to winter, for sure; but...


10:10 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

great winter meal~ I love lentils! :D

10:28 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

Yep, I'm with you girl. I like winter for about 3 days then I'm so over it and wanting to grab my flip flops and shorts and head for the beach.
This is a good soup for those days that your hands are frozen solid and you can wrap them around the soup mug.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This is a great healthy comfort meal.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I love lentils too. They are one of my favorite foods. This soup looks great. Perfect for the freezing cold weather!

12:44 PM  
Blogger anudivya said...

Thanks so much! I am tired of the canned ones... and I love lentil anything!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

Looks good and hearty - like something I need to be eating!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I have'nt had lentil soup in a while. Thanks for reminding me to make some soon!
I feel the same way about winter, but I too am destined to live with the cold, snow, slush, sleet and overall winter crud. Rhode Island has it all! We have over a foot right now ~ it's pretty but I hate driving in it too!

7:59 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Look great - just the thing to warm up with on a chilly day!

9:05 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Who knows, there may be endless sunshine in your future... Life can be very surprising! That looks very hearty, and of course healthy! :)

9:50 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I have yet to make one of your soups that didn't knock my socks off, and this one looks no different!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love lentils. Ina Garten has a lentil and sausage soup that's on my list to try soon.

10:05 PM  
Blogger grace said...

i concur with your sentiments about winter. the only cure for the dismal and dreary weather is good, hearty food, and lots of it. :)

6:58 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

This looks like the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold day!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Maris said...

I love lentil soup! One of the best partys of it is how well it freezes. I love keeping portions of this stocked in my freezer for a quick, hearty and healthy dinner!

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I totally share your thoguhts on winter. I like a little a Christmas time to make the day a bit more picturesque, but then I don't want it anymore. Snow. Yuck! Spring must come now!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

It's perfect weather for soup and I love the idea of a lentil soup. Thanks!

1:24 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

We love lentil soup too! My 19 year old is semi-veggie so I am always looking for good protein for her.
The soup looks great! Love the tomatoes.

2:19 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

My husband would love this soup. Come down to Texas! It's 40 today, but it'll be over 70 on Christmas!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

My dear, you have made what's a close resemblance to a Greek lentil soup called "Fakkes".

Glad you liked's one of my faves.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Ari (Baking and Books) said...

As a California girl who now lives in Connecticut I SO agree with your sentiments about winter! This soup looks like a great dish to stay warm and cozy with inside. :)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Your lentil soup looks like a perfect winter warmer.

10:44 AM  
Blogger bakingblonde said...

Wow, I made this the other night and it is sooooooo good. Thanks for the recipe!

11:29 AM  

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