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, comforting 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 ½-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound brown lentils (approximately 1 ¼ 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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