Ridiculously Easy Lentil Soup
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5 from 3 votes

Ridiculously Easy Lentil Soup

Instead of the frozen mirepoix vegetables, feel free to use 1 onion, 2 carrots, and 2 ribs celery, diced.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Keyword: easy lentil soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Susan Voisin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green or brown lentils 400 g, rinsed
  • 7 cups water 1600 ml
  • 14 ounces mirepoix blend vegetables 400g, see note above
  • 8 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes 220 g, cubed
  • 2 servings vegetable bouillon cubes [I used one large Not-Beef Broth Cube, which is gluten-free]
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes use fire-roasted for best flavor
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon hickory salt or other smoked salt, optional
  • salt to taste
  • additional seasonings to taste
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Place lentils, water, and next 8 ingredients (through garlic) into pressure cooker or large pot.
  • For pressure cooking, seal the cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook under pressure for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pressure to come down for 5 minutes. Then, release any remaining pressure and return to very low heat. Add tomatoes, pepper, and both salts, and taste to check seasonings. If necessary, add more to taste (I added more oregano and garlic). Cook uncovered for at least 15 minutes, adding more water if it seems too thick, and stirring from the bottom often. Stir in vinegar just before serving.
  • For regular cooking, bring to a boil, stir well, cover pot, and cook over low heat until lentils are tender, about an hour. (Add additional water if it begins to dry out.) Add tomatoes, pepper, and both salts, and taste to check seasonings. If necessary, add more to taste (I added more oregano and garlic). Cook uncovered for at least 15 minutes, adding more water if it seems too thick, and stirring from the bottom often. Stir in vinegar just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 2.7g