Monday, December 5, 2011

Lemon Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is simple yet so tasty and comforting!

The apartment we're currently leasing here in Chicago has old-school radiator heating (which the landlord pays). This basically means that the radiators turn on about three times during the day/night, making it unbearably hot. The heat then quickly dissipates due to the apartment's poorly insulated windows and doors. We keep heated blankets and a sleeping bag (seriously!) on our couch to keep warm. Needless to say, I'm always decked out in multiple layers of clothing from head to toe (and yes, I really do mean head-to-toe, that includes wearing beanies indoors). In addition to snuggling in sleeping bags, we also eat generous amounts of hot soup to keep warm! 

Lemony Lentil Soup

  • 2 cups red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 8 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 2 veggie bouillon cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon, a little under 1/4 cup I think
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari or Bragg's
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp. oil. Add the diced onion and sautee for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Now add the garlic and black pepper. Stir. Cook another 3 minutes. 
  3. Add the rinsed lentils to the pot, along with the carrots, tamari, veggie broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. When lentils are tender, add the dry spices and bouillon cubes (if using).
  5. Add lemon juice before serving. Add more salt/pepper to taste!


  1. i love lentils! this soup sounds perfectly warming for the winter season right now :)

  2. Lentils are one of my most favorite sources of protein! And they're just so darn easy to cook. Hope you're staying warm enough : )

  3. This looks amazing! I'm not really a fan of lentils, but I might be making this!!???

    We were just in Chicago... love that city!!

    1. You really don't notice the lentils in this soup because red lentils were used. Red lentils tend to break down after cooking and sort of turn to mush (as if that sounds more appetizing)! Did you visit any places while in Chicago? Did you have a chance to check out the Chicago Diner?

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