This delicious gluten-free, fiber-rich, vegetarian, vegan Lentil Soup is one of my favorite easy to make soups!
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Homemade vegan soup
Homemade lentil soup is more nutritious and flavorful than store-bought soups. It’s also low-fat, and full of veggies and flavor.
History of lentil soup (for me)
When I first became a vegetarian there was this little vegetarian soup shop that I loved to go to. They had the most perfect lentil soup. That’s where I learned to love lentils.
This soup reminds me of that place. A perfect little soup that will show how awesome the humble lentil really is.
This soup is also the perfect winter soup
Especially if you’re trying to keep new year’s resolutions of eating healthier and losing weight. But besides all that, it’ll help keep you warm and happy inside.
I love making my own vegetable broth. I make it mostly from scraps that I save in the freezer, then just drop all those in boiling water and let cook for a long time. So yummy and so easy.
If you’d like more of a recipe for homemade broth, I love this Roasted Vegetable Broth.
I also have a fun recipe for Instant Broth Powder that you can find here.
Of course, if you just can’t do without your chicken broth, please feel free to use that in this recipe. I’m always a fan of using what already tastes good to you. Chicken and vegetable broths are interchangeable in recipes.
Just please don’t make it with chicken broth and serve it to your vegetarian friends and family. That won’t work!
Depending on your broth, you may need to add in a little salt. I don’t call for it in the recipe, but if your broth is salt free, you may want to add some.
Can Lentil Soup be frozen?
Absolutely. It’s a great protein-packed meal to have ready to go in the freezer.
Freeze in individual portions for easy defrosting in the microwave.
Or, take it out of the freeze and store it in the fridge before you want to eat it.
How long can I store this soup in the fridge?
Cooked lentils, and lentil soup will be safe to eat for 2 to 5 days when stored in a tightly covered container.
Is lentil soup good for diabetics?
Lentils are a good choice for people with diabetes, since lentils are high in fiber and a good source of protein.
Are lentils part of a low carb keto diet?
Unfortunately, no, they’re not.
Lentils are not vegetables and contain more carbohydrates than vegetables. Legumes, beans, and any kind of lentil are all starch-filled nutrients.
But lentils can help you lose weight. Lentils contain almost no fat but are high in fiber, they tend to fill you up without adding unnecessary calories to your meal.
Serve this lentil soup with
Some nice warm soup, a salad, maybe a slice of bread or a biscuit… that just might be the perfect meal. Try these for a healthy and perfect experience! Spicy Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad, Fresh buttermilk biscuits, Anti-inflammatory Kale salad, Whole Grain Dakota bread.
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Vegetarian and Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 1/3 cup diced carrots
- 3 tablespoons diced shallots
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced
- 2 quarts vegetable broth
- 1 ¼ cups dried brown lentils
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, sauté onions until starting to brown and caramelize, about 15-20 minutes. Add carrots, shallots, and garlic and continue to cook, about 5 minutes.
- Add vegetable broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Just before serving, add pepper, and taste for salt and pepper.