This vegetable and lentil soup is delicious and a hearty winter warmer! A great vegetarian option!


Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 200g celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium green capsicum
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 400g lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 kale leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, carrots, capsicum, bay leaves, oregano and cook for roughly 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock and lentils and cook on high heat, until mixture starts to boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes ensuring that the pot is covered to reduce water loss. As the soup cooks, add more water if needed to keep everything covered.
  6. Stir in kale and cook for about 5 minutes, until kale is tender and wilted.
  7. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fresh basil. Serve and enjoy!

Notes... Soup is a great meal for busy people. It is a good idea to double the amount you need, then divide into portions and freeze. This way you have ready-made meals during the week when you are too busy to cook. A handy tip to remember is when using canned foods choose ones that have ‘no added salt’ as canned foods often contain high amounts of sodium.

  • Great advice on the canned items – recipe sounds delicious will definitely give it a go

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  • it is real nice

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  • I love using tinned lentils. You don’t have to soak them, and you don’t have to cook them for 90 minutes. Just rinse and add to the soup. This soup looks gorgeous by the way.

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  • I love making a big batch of soup. We then eat it for our evening meal with crusty bread or rolls. I pack the remainder into single serve containers and freeze. perfect to take to work for lunch or a quick snack.

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  • It looks so good!! Did you use brown lentils?

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  • Thanks for the recipe, it looks so tasty!!

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  • I love lentil soup…….there are so many variety of lentils out there. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • Its nice every now and again to have meals without meat in them

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  • This is perfect for this winter. Can’t wait to make it for tonight’s dinner with some homemade sour dough.

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  • I love home made soup, especially on these colder evenings. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  • What a great winter warmer!

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  • I need to be more adventurous and try lentils.

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  • Fantastic idea for Meatless Mondays and busy people on the run. Hearty and healthy

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  • Actually made beef and veggie soup (stockpot) on Saturday, beef, heaps of diff veggies, soup mix = YUMM.
    Yours looks comforting as well. thanx.

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  • I love lentil soup and my children as well.

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