Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

Carbonized pieces of lentils as old as 13.000 years were found alongside Greek habitations which makes it the oldest known legumes to mankind. Super paleo friendly and given it’s low readily digestible starch level (5%) it’s a viable option for people looking for low GI level ingredients food. Lentil soup is recognized as highly nutritious, a good source of protein, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.

These things would worth nothing though when its taste would be terrible but luckily it isn’t. Or not when it’s prepared with all sorts of herbs, vegetables and maybe a some slice of meat. Ancient Greeks went so far as to call it the sweetest of delicacy. Not to mention Esau who gave up his birthright for a nice bowl of healthy lentil soup. Jacob must have been a great chef of his time.

Strangely enough this long period of time hasn’t yielded that many recipes as we would expect or not in the western world at least. Asia must have a ton of recipes written down secretly on golden rolls hidden in high temples protected by pandas. But let’s not get into that.

Lentils can be consumed soaked, germinated, cooked, fried and baked. So basically in all means possible except raw because that’s just not that tasty at all and it has some high phytate content which no-one knows if it is bad or not yet so it’s best avoiding it.

Making soups is one of the easiest culinary feast of all. It requires hot water and ingredients thrown into it then cooked until it’s done. This lentil soup recipe is no different either. We are trying to give it some extra flavor and thicker texture by caramelizing the onion and the carrots before filling the pot up with the water.

Sauteing the onion and the carrot not only will change their taste but their structure too. The carrots are naturally high in sugar but locked inside the fibre structure. This structure is broken down by heat which results the sugar content is released thus easily digestible by our body.

So if we are looking for low carbs lentils soup then keep the veggies as raw as possible and only cook them as recommended. This can be done by adding the vegetables right before the end of the cooking process or taking them out when desired. Optionally it can be cooked separately but that would yield no benefits for our soup in terms of taste therefore not at all recommended.

Making a lentil soup with ham is no different than making one without it. Also any kind of meat including bones could be used to make it richer and tastier. Actually soups with bones are one of the bests like this bone broth soup.

This easy lentil soup recipe uses only some Spanish serrano ham but a 2″ / 5cm long Spanish chorizo would make wonders to it,  as well. If these are hard to come by then a slice or two smoked bacon would be a good enough substitute for them.

Mind that if we go meatless and skip the onion sauteing with the carrots at the beginning then we may end up some quite tasteless soup except of course if we liven it up with extra herbs. Luckily the Italian lentil soup recipes ask for oregano, basil and thyme which herbs mixture would save any tasteless day.

As it is with other legumes soups like the bean soup this brown lentil soup freezes and defrosts as well. The texture and taste of the lentils stay almost the same so it’s worth to make big pots of it and freeze them for difficult days. Vegetables generally don’t defrost very well so if we used any broccoli, cauliflower and don’t like their soggy taste after heating them up again then don’t bother freezing them with lentil soup.

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup / 125ml Cooking oil of chice
  • 2 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 1 stalk Celery (diced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (sliced or diced)
  • 6 pieces Black Pepper
  • 16oz / 500g Lentil
  • 2 qt / 1.9L Water
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 medium Tomato (or 2 tablespoon tomato sauce)
  • Extras
    • 1 handful Spinach leaf
    • 1 slice Spanish serrano ham
    • 6 sliced Spanish chorizo
    • 2 oz / 50g Broccoli
    • 2 oz / 50g Cauliflower
    • 2 oz / 50g Brussels sprouts

How to make Lentil soup

  1. Rinse the lentils then put them into a pot and fill it up with water to soak. Follow instructions on the packaging for soaking.Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-process-3-SunCakeMom
  2. Heat the oil in a big pot and then add the diced onion, carrot, celery and salt to it.Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  3. Saute the onion, carrot and celery on low heat until the onion gets a light brownish caramelized look. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes.Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  4. Add black pepper and the garlic then continue frying them on low heat until the garlic releases it’s nice garlic scent. This will take around 2 to 3 minutes. Mind not to burn the garlic to dark brown as that would ruin the dish.Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  5. Add lentils, tomato, paprika and optional spinach, chorizo. If we use any other vegetables, herbs for flavoring or meat this is the time to put them in. Parsley root, parsnip, basil, oregano, chives, thyme Spanish ham or just bones with a bit of meat on them are all great options to choose from.Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-Process-19-SunCakeMom
  6. Fill the pot up with water. Bring it to boil then simmer the lentils on low heat for about 40 to 60 minutes depending on the type. Check cooking times on packaging.Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-Process-20-SunCakeMom
  7. Roughly 10 minutes before the end of cooking add the chosen vegetables to the soup. Put the lid back on and bring it to boil then lower the heat and simmer the soup for about 5 -10 more minutes or until the vegetables get the desired texture. Take it off heat and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before serving (keep in mind that vegetables are still being cooked by the residual heat).Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

 

The world of legumes is so wide that it would be a pity if we had to stop here. Let’s try them out all:

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Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

What could be a better choice for a hearthy soup than the one recommended by the bible itself? Easy, tasty lentil soup recipe!
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • ½ cup / 125ml Cooking oil of chice
  • 2 Onion diced
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • 1 stalk Celery diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic sliced or diced
  • 6 pieces Black Pepper
  • 16 oz / 500g Lentil
  • 2 qt / 1.9L Water
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 medium Tomato or 2 tablespoon tomato sauce
Extras
  • 1 handful Spinach leaf
  • 1 slice Spanish serrano ham
  • 6 sliced Spanish chorizo
  • 2 oz / 50g Broccoli
  • 2 oz / 50g Cauliflower
  • 2 oz / 50g Brussels sprouts

Instructions

  • Rinse the lentils then put them into a pot and fill it up with water to soak. Follow instructions on the packaging for soaking.
    Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-process-3-SunCakeMom
  • Heat the oil in a big pot and then add the diced onion, carrot, celery and salt to it.
    Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  • Saute the onion, carrot and celery on low heat until the onion gets a light brownish caramelized look. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
    Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  • Add black pepper and the garlic then continue frying them on low heat until the garlic releases it's nice garlic scent. This will take around 2 to 3 minutes. Mind not to burn the garlic to dark brown as that would ruin the dish.
    Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  • Add lentils, tomato, paprika and optional spinach, chorizo. If we use any other vegetables, herbs for flavoring or meat this is the time to put them in. Parsley root, parsnip, basil, oregano, chives, thyme Spanish ham or just bones with a bit of meat on them are all great options to choose from.
    Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-Process-19-SunCakeMom
  • Fill the pot up with water. Bring it to boil then simmer the lentils on low heat for about 40 to 60 minutes depending on the type. Check cooking times on packaging.
    Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-Process-20-SunCakeMom
  • Roughly 10 minutes before the end of cooking add the chosen vegetables to the soup. Put the lid back on and bring it to boil then lower the heat and simmer the soup for about 5 -10 more minutes or until the vegetables get the desired texture. Take it off heat and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before serving (keep in mind that vegetables are still being cooked by the residual heat).
    Easy-lentil-soup-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

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