Recipe by e.kopeczky
I usually make this with bacon, but I can't eat meat on my current restricted diet, so I've tossed that smoky slab and added some other stuff! I've also almost doubled the original amounts of original recipe - I can't make small batches of soup! I pack it up in plastic containers and take them to work. *Please note that preparation time may vary. I'm a slow chopper and I accounted for that in the given time below!
Top Review by Deb from Ca
Delicious soup, easy recipe! My whole family and my son's friends loved this soup! I used kale instead of spinach just because I think it holds up better in soup and gives a little extra texture. I also add a small can of tomato sauce, a bit of crushed red chiles and cooked it for a couple of hours...just our preference. I served it the corn muffins which were the perfect complement to this hearty soup. We have several vegetarians in our family, so this is definitely a keeper! Thanks for the recipe!
- 59.14 ml olive oil (or thereabouts)
- 2 large onions, chopped fine
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped medium
- 4 celery ribs, chopped medium
- 6 garlic cloves
- 2 (822.13 g) can diced tomatoes
- 1 large bay leaf
- 9.85 ml minced fresh thyme leaves
- 473.18 ml lentils
- 2.46 ml salt
- ground black pepper
- 1892.72 ml vegetable broth
- 709.77 ml water
- 226.79 g spinach, baby whole or 226.79 g regular spinach, chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat olive oil at medium-high heat.
- Add onions, carrots and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften (4-8 minutes).
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds).
- Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme; cook until fragrant (30 seconds).
- Stir in lentils, salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until vegetables are softened and lentils have darkened *7-10 minutes).
- Uncover, add vegetable broth and water.
- Bring to a boil, cover partially, and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer until lentils are tender but not mushy (30-35 minutes).
- Discard bay leaf.
- Puree 3 cups soup in blender until smooth, then return puree to pot.
- Stir in spinach until wilted.
- Serve! (or place in plastic containers for work!).