Spinach lentil soup is one of my favorite tastes. Here is a story I made up for you to make the recipe more interesting.
It was a cold winter evening. Emma was exhausted after a long tiring day at work. Her kids were hungry and kept bothering her for something to eat. Emma opened her fridge but couldn’t find anything substantial to cook for dinner.
She had some leftovers but didn’t want to serve the same boring food again. She wanted to cook something comforting, healthy and delicious. Emma then saw a bag of lentils, spinach, and other veggies in her pantry. An idea struck her mind.
She decided to make a heartwarming pot of spinach lentil soup. Emma took out her slow cooker and started prepping the ingredients. She sautéed the garlic, onions, and celery in olive oil. Then she added the lentils, chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock, and herbs.
After a few hours of simmering, the house was filled with an intoxicating aroma. When the soup was ready, Emma mixed in the spinach. The bright green color popped and gave the soup an vibrant appearance. She ladled the soup into bowls and garnished it with a drizzle of basil oil. The first sip was remarkably soothing and packed with a burst of flavors.
Her kids loved the soup too and finished their bowls. Emma was delighted she could make such a healthy, delicious and nutrient-dense soup with just a few simple ingredients. This flavorful spinach lentil soup became a favorite in her household.
Do you like the story of Emma? 🙂
Here is the Spinach lentil soup recipe – another delicious, healthy, and rich in nutrients soup recipe for your kids yourself, or even for non-vegetarians. If you need to prepare a meal for your non-vegetarian guests, you can add this soup to some chicken, and that’s it.
This Colorful, Healthy Soup Is Stuffed With Flavor
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3–4 hours
- 75g (3oz) brown or green lentils
- Olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 red onion, peeled and finely diced
- 1 celery stick, trimmed and finely diced
- 1 x 400g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 bay leaf, broken
- 2 liters (3½ pints) stock
- 125g (4½oz) baby spinach leaves
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil or basil oil, for drizzling
Spinach lentil soup Instructions:
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Wash the lentils in cold water and drain thoroughly. Pour in 1–2mm (1⁄16in) of olive oil to
cover the base of the slow cooker dish.
Using your thumb, press the garlic firmly to bruise it, then add it to the dish. Add the lentils
and mix to coat in the oil. Add the onion, celery, tomatoes, and herbs and mix together. Don’t
season the soup at this stage, as salt will toughen the lentils. Pour the stock over the lentils.
Cover with the lid and cook on high for 3–4 hours or until the lentils are tender.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the garlic and herbs. Mix the spinach into the soup and stir
until the leaves are just wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Ladle the soup into warm bowls and drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil or basil oil
before serving with ciabatta.
Fab For The Freezer
Leave to cool before transferring freezer-proof containers and freezing for up to three
months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating gently on the hob (never in the slow cooker). Stay tuned for other delicious vegetarian dishes.
Some additional tips for making spinach lentil soup:
- Use high-quality ingredients. The quality of your ingredients will make a big difference in the taste of your soup.
- Don’t overcook the lentils. Lentils should be tender but not mushy.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with your favorite toppings, such as chopped fresh herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, or a dollop of sour cream.
What are the benefits of eating spinach lentil soup?
Spinach lentil soup is a healthy and nutritious meal that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Lentils are a good source of protein, fiber, and iron, while spinach is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K. Eating spinach lentil soup can help to improve your overall health and well-being.
What are some of the different ways to flavor spinach lentil soup?
There are many different ways to flavor spinach lentil soup. You can add your favorite herbs and spices, such as garlic, cumin, coriander, or turmeric. You can also add other vegetables, such as carrots, celery, or onions. If you want a creamier soup, you can puree it with an immersion blender or in a blender.
How can I make spinach lentil soup ahead of time?
You can make spinach lentil soup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. To store it in the refrigerator, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. To store it in the freezer, freeze it in individual serving containers. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.