Lentil Soup – Nadia’s edition is the way my mom taught me how and it is SO DELICIOUS and so nutritional.
Important steps to consider when making lentil soup
A lot of the flavor comes from the onion and carrots that are used and its important to release the flavors of those vegetables by sautéing them in oil first until they somewhat caramelize and then add in the lentils and stock.
Lentils date back to 8,000B.C in the Middle East and are the worlds oldest health food.
Apparently the Greeks regarded the beans as a poor mans meal while the Egyptians considered it royal. It wasn’t until World War II that lentils found their way to the US where people began enjoying it as a low calorie high protein option.
Nutritional benefits of lentils
- High in fiber – fills you up for longer period of time
- Can lower cholesterol
- When combined with a whole grain it can give you the same quality of protein as meat
- Packed with Iron, Potassium, and Folate
You love lentils now and you want to eat it everyday…
Because of the high fiber in lentils, it is harder to break down. If you eat too much of it you might feel cramps or gas. This soup is delicious but don’t make it everyday.
There is another lentil soup on the blog that is Deana’s version, and very good too, just different. Deana is my childhood friend that did the blog with me for a short period of time.
If you enjoyed this recipe you will also enjoy
This hearty and delicious soup comes together in no time and is full of flavor and nutrition.
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 2-3 carrots diced about 1/4 cup
- 1 to mato diced small
- 1 Tablespoon red pepper paste optional
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- Dash of pepper
- 1 cup tricolor lentils
- 6 cups stock
- Add oil, onions, carrots, tomato, red pepper paste, cumin, salt and pepper to medium-large saucepan
- On low medium heat caramelize the onions for about 5-7 minutes until they are soft and fragrant
- Add in the lentils and stir so all the oils combine together
- Add in stock
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat for 35-45 minutes
- Blend optional
Blending this soup is optional. Some like it creamy and smooth, others *like my kids* prefer it chunky.