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One - Pot Lentil Soup (vegan + gluten-free)

One - Pot Lentil Soup (vegan + gluten-free)

I’m not sure about you, but I am a huge lentil lover.

I mean, I don’t try to discriminate between my legumes, but when it comes to choosing a favorite, lentils will always top the cake.

Even though I create so many recipes, and count this as my job, I still would say that I am a lazy cook. Though, when it comes to baking, I am full of energy and lacking in any laziness whatsoever. Funny, right? But still, when I’m cooking meals I like to keep them as simple, minimal, and quick as possible. I especially love it when I can make something to last me the whole week - something, preferably, that can be thrown into one big pot and cook on it’s very own.

See how this soup is perfect?

These past couple weeks of the semester have been a bit hectic for me - more work, less time. So, last week, I decided to start the week off right with a meal that can last me the duration of the week, and something that I can just grab without even thinking about it. I had bought some lentils, and honestly, the remaining ingredients were already in my pantry. Thats what I love about recipes like this - most of the items are things we all usually have on hand; all that’s needed is a bit of effort to put it all together.

And when it comes to this soup, i’m talking minimal effort. Like, it’s stupid easy.

So, hold on to your hats - because when this is over, you’ll be scratching your head and thinking, “Why haven’t I done this yet?”

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One - Pot Lentil Soup

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz dry lentils

2 cups chopped carrots

4 cups vegetable broth

6 cups water

2 cups tomato puree

2 tsp salt

2 cups dry rice

1 tsp turmeric (optional)

2 cups spinach

2 cups corn

1 can black beans

INSTRUCTIONS:

The night before, soak your lentils in enough water to cover them in a pot. Let them soak overnight, and in the morning (or whenever you are cooking) drain the water. Make sure you are using a large pot! Place the lentils in the pot, along with the carrots, broth, water, tomato puree, salt, rice, and turmeric. Allow this all to come to a boil, and let it cook for about 45 minutes. Test if the lentils, rice, and carrots are soft, and if so, add in the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

The beautiful lentils after being soaked overnight and drained.

The beautiful lentils after being soaked overnight and drained.

Using a large pot, add in the first set of ingredients!

Using a large pot, add in the first set of ingredients!

The soup, ready to be served! Ain’t she gorgeous?

The soup, ready to be served! Ain’t she gorgeous?

Makes plenty of portions - perfect for a weeks’ worth of meal prep!

Makes plenty of portions - perfect for a weeks’ worth of meal prep!

A comfort classic made easy.

A comfort classic made easy.

Let’s dive in.

Let’s dive in.

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