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Lentil Soup Made with Honey

Lentil Soup is a hearty and satisfying meal that is low in calories. Lentils are rich in iron, folate and they are an excellent source of protein as well. Many of our vegetarian friends use lentil protein as a meat alternative in their diet. In addition, lentils also pack polyphenols that may reduce heart disease risk factors.

Lentils come in an array of colors including yellow, red, black and brown. I have found brown being used most commonly, but I experiment whenever I have the chance. In fact, each lentil type has its own chemical composition of antioxidants and phytochemicals.

We were able to make this soup recipe in less than an hour. Serve for lunch or a light dinner. This amazing lentil soup is simple to make—add a salad for a nutritious, well-balanced and satisfying meal that comes together within an hour from start to finish.

This lentil soup recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. It combines the nutrients, protein, good carbs & fiber in lentils with the antioxidant power of veggies.
Lentil Soup made with honey plated with bread spices and a cocktail

How to Make Lentil Soup

  • First, rinse lentils, remove floaters and set aside
  • Chop carrot, onion, celery, and garlic and add to soup pot with a drizzle of olive oil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes
  • Pour chicken broth over vegetables, add lentils, tomatoes, herbs, salt, and bouillon with enough water to cover vegetables. Simmer covered for 40 minutes or more, until lentils are tender.
  • Optional: My preference is to remove about 1 cup of the mixture with a slotted spoon and puree in a blender then return to soup. This step tends to help blend the flavors and improve the texture of the soup.
  • Before serving,  mix the balsamic vinegar and honey to create a glaze, serve glaze drizzled on top with grated cheese as desired.

Get creative with how you serve Soup

  • Serve with some amazing Eastern Shore Corn Bread
  • Our mulled wine would make an excelled companion as well
  • Garnish with fresh chopped jalapenos
  • Swap out some nice cheddar cheese for parmesan cheese
  • Top with some sour cream
This lentil soup recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. It combines the nutrients, protein, good carbs & fiber in lentils with the antioxidant power of veggies.

Lentil Soup

Course: Appetizer, Lentil, Main Course, Soup
Keyword: lentil soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 146kcal
Lentil Soup is a hearty and satisfying meal that is low in calories. Lentils are rich in iron, folate and an excellent source of protein. Lentils also pack polyphenols that may reduce heart disease risk factors.
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Ingredients

  • 4 large carrots chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  • 1 box chicken broth
  • 1 c lentils Brown, Rinse in strainer
  • 1 large can tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. sage or rosemary fresh chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme fresh chopped
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon cube try Rapunzel Brand
  • water as needed
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar glaze
  • 1 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese grated as desired

Instructions

  • Rinse Lentils, remove floaters and set aside
  • Chop carrot, onion, celery and garlic and add to soup pot with drizzle of olive oil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes
  • Pour chicken broth over vegetables, add lentils, tomatoes, herbs, salt and bouillon with enough water to cover vegetables. Simmer Covered for 40 minutes or more, until lentils are tender.
  • Optional: My preference is to remove about 1 cup of the mixture with a slotted spoon and puree in a blender then return to soup. This step tends to help blend the flavors and improve the texture of the soup.
  • Before serving,  mix the balsamic vinegar and honey to create a glaze, serve glaze drizzled on top with grated cheese as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6220IU | Vitamin C: 11.3mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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Recipe by Joyce C Wallace, RN, Certified Health Coach. Joyce is a health advocate, avid gardener and passionate cook. She recently published a book, Navigating the Food Jungle filled with delightful recipes that are also good for you.