I love this simple recipe from the Modern Proper. It’s the perfect dairy free, easy peasy nutritious soup that’s perfect for your Meatless Monday dinner. It whips up in a flash and is packed with flavor. I think you will love it too!
What could be better than an easy and savory soup that’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients? It’s low in fat and high in fiber and protein too. Sometimes I modify this recipe and toss in a handful of cherry tomatoes while cutting in half the amount of crushed tomatoes. I make up a large batch and store it in the fridge for a quick but satisfying meal during the week. It also freezes well.
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped in 1/2 inch dice
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 T fresh)
2 cups dry lentils (I like red)
8 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
½ cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
salt to taste (maybe 1/4 tsp or so)
ground black pepper to taste
Step 1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
Step 2. Stir in lentils*, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until lentils are tender, at least one hour.
Step 3. When ready to serve, stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper; taste and adjust as needed.
* Don’t forget to rinse the lentils well before placing in the pot as this removes some of the indigestible sugars that can cause you to feel bloated and gassy and also removes any dirt or debris.