Super Easy Lentil Soup Recipe!
History: The seed has been part of the human diet since Neolithic times, being one of the first domesticated crops. Lentils and generally any pulses or legumes have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp and is an important part of a daily diet. A variety of lentils exist with colors that range from yellow, red-orange, green, brown and black, red, white and yellow lentils.
Why it’s awesome: Lentil soup has been a comfort food in the cold winter months in my household while I was growing up and I now take solace when eating it, it gives me that feeling that “everything will be alright” when I come in from a cold day or have my head filled by one of life’s many conundrums…ahhh lentil soup!
Lentil Soup Recipe Ingredients & Portions:
- 2 tomatoes
- 3 or 4 celery stalks
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 large onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 lbs of dried lentils
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- oregano to taste
Servings: You’re going to have soup for a week or at least 2 family of 4 meals. When you make soup, make lots, the worst case scenario is you freeze some and thaw it out when you want it, it takes no time at all to thaw, heat and serve!
Lentil Soup Recipe Cook time & Directions:
- Fry your onions in the bottom of the pot until they become translucent or golden brown…(you’ll notice I burned mine a little but the soup still came out so don’t stress!)
- Next crush and throw in your garlic cloves and cook until golden brown
- Add in your tomatoes, potatoes, and celery all at the same time
- Let the vegetable mix cook for 5 to 10 minutes until they wilt together, the flavour comes out here…
- Add your dried lentils now and add enough water to cover the lentils by about 3 – 4 inches
- Bring your soup to rolling boil 15 to 20 mins
- Then let simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours…since the lentils are dry you can taste them every so often after the 1 hour mark to see if they are tender. Once they are tender the soup is ready to go!
Nutritional Benefits: Lentils are a good source of iron. They also contain high levels of proteins, including essential amino acids and are an essential source of inexpensive protein for a vegetarian diet.
Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. The Darker the lentil the higher the fiber content.