Easy Lemon Lentil Soup

It was grey and rainy in Toronto today, so when dinner rolled around, I decided to try this Lentil Lemon Soup recipe. It contains very few ingredients and it’s quick and easy to prepare, making it a perfect weekday meal.

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

On lentils…

  • According to Wikipedia, Canada is the world’s #1 producer of lentils. I definitely did not know that before today!
  • Don’t be scared of lentils. I must admit that I don’t use them as much as I should. But I’m making a consorted effort to change that. Why? Well, because they’re cheap, easy to use, and full of protein. So, as I discover and create new recipes, you’ll be seeing a lot more lentils around here.
Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free
Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

Notes about the recipe

  • I modified the original recipe by swapping the chicken stock with vegetable stock to make it vegan. Otherwise, I kept it as-is.
  • Please don’t be put-off by the somewhat bland color of this soup. Once garnished with fresh parsley or cilantro (fresh coriander) and additional hot pepper flakes, it’s a simple but beautiful soup. Oh, and it tastes great!

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-FreeEasy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-FreeEasy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

Updates

January 20, 2014 – I made this again tonight, and tossed 2 cups of chopped kale in at the end. Besides boosting the nutrition of this already super-healthy soup, it added some nice color and texture. I’ve added it as an option in the recipe, below.

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Easy Lemon Lentil Soup
 
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This soup contains lentils and other pantry staples, so it's easy to make and is full of protein. Vegan and gluten-free.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • pinch hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 cups dry red lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups kale or spinach, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (or cilantro / coriander), finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic and hot pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add cumin, lentils, broth, salt & pepper, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender and soup is beginning to thicken, about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in lemon juice and kale/spinach (if using). Serve sprinkled with parsley/cilantro.
Notes
Adapted from: http://www.lentils.ca/recipes/lentil-lemon-soup

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-FreeEasy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-FreeEasy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

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