Fantastic and Beautiful Vegetable Lentil Soup

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  • 2Servings
  • 25 mPrep Time
  • 35 mCook Time
  • 60 mReady In
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Since ancient times, lentil soup has been used as a medicine, and today it is known that there is more protein in lentils than in meat. Lentils contain a vitamin-mineral complex that has a positive effect on the functioning of the nervous system and the whole organism. Therefore, lentil soup is famous not only for its taste, but also for its beneficial properties.

Everyone can enjoy a tender and fragrant hot first course if they cook hearty vegetable soup with red lentils.
This is a great warming and nutritious first course for lunch or dinner for the whole family. Cooking it is a pleasure, because the whole cooking process takes very little time.

You can cook lentil soup in ordinary water or meat broth. Ideal additional ingredients are carrots, onions, celery root, potatoes. It is best to serve such a first course not with fresh bread, but with crackers.


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Step by step method

  • Step 1

    We take products from the list. If there is no fresh bell pepper, you can take a frozen one or do without it altogether. Fresh tomatoes can be replaced with tomato paste.

  • Step 2

    Slice the onion randomly.

  • Step 3

    Peel the carrots and cut into medium cubes or strips.

  • Step 4

    We put carrots, onions and peppers in a saucepan and simmer with the addition of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10 minutes, not forgetting to stir.

  • Step 5

    Put a washed and diced tomato or a spoonful of tomato paste to the vegetables. Fry for a couple of minutes.

  • Step 6

    Add chopped garlic, parsley, salt and spices, cook for about 10 more minutes.

  • Step 7

    We wash the lentils under running water and put them in a saucepan with vegetables.

  • Step 8

    Pour in water or broth, mix and cook for 15 minutes over low heat until the lentils are ready.

  • Step 9

    Remove the finished soup from the heat, cover with a lid and let stand for another ten minutes. Serve lentil soup sprinkled with grated cheese, whole grain bread and fresh herbs.

Tips & variations

  • Any variety of lentils must first be washed well in cold water and cleaned of debris. Only after that you can start cooking.

  • In the process of heat treatment, proportions must be observed: for 1 glass of beans, 2 glasses of water will be needed.

  • Until the liquid boils with the beans, the fire should be medium. After the water boils, the heat should be reduced to a minimum.

  • You need to salt the lentils already at the end of cooking. If you do this earlier, it will take much more time to cook.

  • The time it takes to cook may vary. It all depends on the variety of lentils. To shorten the cooking time as much as possible, you can soak the beans for a couple of hours.

  • Green lentils retain their shape best of all, and red lentils boil very quickly, so they do not need pre-soaking.

  • It is permissible to replace fresh tomatoes with canned, frozen, tomato paste, juice or homemade fruit drinks.

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