Lentil Vegetable Soup

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Lentil Vegetable Soup: What I've Learned So Far

When I first read this recipe for Lentil Vegetable soup I thought it was going to be pretty bland. After you've cooked enough you'll start to recognize certain things about recipes that will either be red flags, or will make you think about tweaks you want to make.
Another thing I noticed was the recipe said this was a casserole - but called for 6 cups of stock! With only 3/4 of a cup of lentils, I knew this would be a soup. That also seemed like a LOT of stock so I decided to use a little less. Although I knew it would pretty bland, I decided not to add any extra seasonings because then I'd have a great soup base I could change up depending on my mood. For example, adding asian spices, Italian seasonings or just some salt and pepper.
With a little soy sauce and some saltines, this soup ended up being a good meal. It also made some great leftovers for me to take to work for lunch. Easy to heat up, easy to change up, it was the perfect things for the raw winter days we've been having.

Lentil Vegetable Soup: The Recipe

You'll Need:

• 3 whole cloves

• 1 medium onion, peeled but left whole

• 3/4 C green lentils

• 1 bay leaf

• 4 C vegetarian broth

• 2 medium leeks, sliced

• 2 medium potatoes, diced

• 2 medium carrots, chopped

• 3 medium zucchini, sliced

• 1 celery stick, chopped

• 1 medium red pepper, deseeded and chopped

• 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Do This:

1. Preheat the oven to 355.

2. Press the cloves into the onion.

3. Put the lentils into a large casserole dish or oven-safe pot. Add the onion and bay leaf and pour in the broth. Make sure the cloves are submerged.

4. Cover and cook in the oven for one hour.

5. Remove the onion and discard the cloves. Slice the onion and return it to the casserole along with the vegetables. Stir thoroughly then cover and return to the oven for one hour.

6. Remove from the oven, discard the bay leaf and stir in the lemon juice.

Lentil Vegetable Soup: Recipe Notes

• To spice this up you can add salt and pepper, or add a sauce that’s somewhat salty – like Soy Sauce.

• You can also add other premade sauces – try Hoisin for a different flavor.

• For an Italian flair add some basil, oregano and parsley. If you’re feeling “meat free” rather than strictly vegetarian, you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.


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