Easy Lentil Soup (Vegan & Spiced)

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 40 min Serves 6-7     adjust servings

Ingredients

Lentil Soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot or two medium size carrots, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 26 ounces/737g fresh tomatoes, chopped - you can always use a 28oz can diced tomatoes and drain the liquid
  • 1 cup (7.1 ounces/200g) brown lentils, picked over, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • salt & pepper to taste (I use 3/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme, to be removed at the end
  • 1 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • Juice of two limes, about 2 tablespoons, squeezed over

Toppings (Optional)

  • Oil drizzle, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, parsley, and/or sprinkle of zaatar
  • Crusty bread

Instructions

  1. In a large, deep pot over medium high heat, add half the olive oil (1.5 tablespoons) to heat.
  2. Add the onions, celery, carrot and minced garlic. Stir together and allow to sweat for about 8 minutes, to soften and release natural juices from the veggies.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, brown lentils, garam masala and salt and pepper. Stir together.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth, and add the thyme and stir again.
  5. Bring to a boil, and then to a simmer for 30 minutes, until lentils are fully cooked.
  6. Add in kale and lime juice and stir to combine.
  7. Remove the thyme. Scoop out two cups of soup (with liquid) and pour into your blender. If you have a glass blender, ensure it cools down a bit first!
  8. Press the soup setting or blend until fully blended out. Pour back into soup pot and mix the soup together one more time to combine everything.
  9. Serve the soup and top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

This soup lasts about 4 to 5 days in the fridge. It freezes very well. To freezer allow to cool completely. You can freeze in a freezer safe tupperware container, or flat in one serving portions in a freezer safe zipped plastic bag. It will last at least 2 months in the freezer.

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