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Lemon Red Lentil Soup

This soup is loaded with nutritious flavour and is easy as can be. We like it with a fresh slice of crusty sourdough and a little grated parmesan, but it's also fantastic plain jane. 

Lemon Red Lentil Soup
3 Tbsp (45ml) olive oil
2 cups (480ml) diced onions
1 1/2 cups (360ml) finely diced carrots
1 cup (240ml) diced celery
1 cup (240ml) finely diced potato 
1 tsp salt 
2 bay leaves
1 cup (240ml) Flourist Split Red Lentils 
5 cups (1.2L) water or stock
1/2 cup (80ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups (960ml) packed chopped fresh greens (kale, chard, spinach, mustard, or sorrel) (these are optional if you prefer to keep it simple)
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot, sauté the onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, salt and bay leaves in the oil just until the potatoes begin to soften, about 15 minutes. 

Rinse the lentils well. Add the lentils to the soup pot and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Add the water or stock and reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the lentils and all the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Just before serving, remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and optional greens. Stir until the greens have wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste (as desired) and serve.

25 comments

Josh

This soup is a staple at our house. We make it as is with usually kale as the greens.
Thanks for the recipe!

Francesca

This soup is a fav in our house. We make it as is! Sometimes I freeze it without greens and add them in when we eat it! So easy and nutritious- I love feeding it to my family.

Krisha

Just finished making this for a post thanksgiving healthy meal. Bonus that it’s vegan for my husband. Wow super delish! I added some fresh garlic to simmering vegetables because I couldn’t resist and I used just under the half cup of lemon (juice of one lemon) and chopped kale for my green. Will definitely be making this again! So glad to have found your website, I stumbled onto this recipe on Instagram and am so glad! Thank you!

Destiny

Yummy but preferred it before adding the lemon juice. Would omit it next time.

Rachel

This was fantastic. I pretty much made as written except I added 4 chopped artichoke hearts because I had some that needed to get used up. They worked really well with the lemon flavour.

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