Warming Lentil Soup

With Fall calling my name, I can't help but get excited!  I mean, sweaters, boots, crisp air…and not to mention it's that glorious time of year that as a redhead all the trees compliment me.  With all that cool weather nipping at the back of my neck I find myself thinking of soup.  I have always been a fan of soup, but one of my favorites is definitely lentil.  

Soaking the lentils in water for several hours will make them more digestable and they will cook much quicker.  Any kind of lentil can be used for this recipe.  French green lentils hold their shape better than the other lentils.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lentils, soaked in water to cover for 4-8 hours, rinsed thouroughly
  • 6-8 cups of vegetable stock or water
  • 1 medium sweet onion (or red if you prefer)
  • 2 cups of quartered Yukon Gold potatoes (red potatoes are good too)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 1-2 zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

In a large soup pot pour your water/vegetable stock. Turn stove on high heat. Add rinsed lentils, carrots, zucchini, garlic, onion, potatoes, herbs and some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low) and cover for an hour. 
Check often to make sure water level is not too low, adding small amounts at a time. 
The end result should be a thick and creamy soup, with the lentils being broken down and soft. Taste to make sure it is seasoned the way you like it, adding more salt and pepper if needed. 
Serves 4-6

This post is linked to: Healthy Home Economist, Homestead Revival, The Better Mom, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Blessed with Grace, Real Food Forager, Not Just a Housewife, Life as Mom

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About Marie Samples

Marie Samples is a Life Lover, Mother, Imagination Enthusiast, & Avid Tree Hugger. Marie joined Pure Vitality to join Becky Mauldin on their joint pursuit to change the world, by helping people take back their health. Marie graduated from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition in 2013 becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach.
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4 Responses to Warming Lentil Soup

  1. Elise says:

    This looks really good! I have a bunch of lentils just sitting in my pantry, maybe I'll try this. :)

  2. Bama Girl says:

    Hi Marie! The lentil soup sounds delicious! Even though we're not experiencing very cool weather here yet, I'm ready for this soup! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  3. RevAllyson says:

    It's funny, I just had a lentil soup on the weekend, at a conference I attended, and said to myself I had to find a recipe! And then I get my morning fun at the Barn Hop and here you are. Thank you for sharing this; I plan on making it next week for the family, with a loaf of hot fresh bread. :)

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