Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is so hearty, flavorful and healthy that I wonder why I don’t make it more often. This Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup is one my favorite lentil soup recipes. Hopefully, you have most of these ingredients already at home.

Lentils are filled with protein and fiber as well as iron, minerals and B vitamins. One-half cup of cooked lentils has:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fiber: 9 grams

Sodium: 5 milligrams

Protein: 12 grams

Lentils come in three main varieties: brown, green and red. Most grocery stores carry brown lentils, usually dried. Green and red lentils may be found at specialty food markets. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt, dust or debris before adding them to recipes.

Lentil Soup

Cook Time:

1 hour, 15 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes

Yield:

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
11 cups low-salt chicken broth
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup dried elbow pasta

Preparation:

1. Heat oil in a heavy large pot or Dutch oven 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. Simmer until the juices evaporate, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.

2. Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls.

9 thoughts on “Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup”

  1. Lentils are one of my favorite foods, so I’m definitely adding this to our recipe lineup during the next couple of weeks! Gotta love something that is delicious AND healthy!

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