Pureed Red Lentil Soup

One of my favorite Italian/Mediterranean restaurants has a pureed red lentil soup that is to die for! I’ve been on a mission to recreate it, and I think I’ve succeeded. Now instead of spending 5 bucks on a cup of soup, I can make a whole pot for the same price!
(Note: Red lentils are much smaller than other types of lentils and therefore, don’t need to be soaked ahead of time. My grocery store carries the Bob’s Red Mill brand and the Goya brand. Also, a hand-held immersion blender is a great investment and the perfect tool for making pureed soups. I also use it for potato-leek soup and squash soup!)
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1-1/2 cups red lentils, uncooked
6 cups veggie broth/water
2 med potatoes, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 small can tomato sauce
1 Tblsp lemon juice (optional)

 

 

Bring broth/water and tomato sauce to a boilHCV_RedLentilSoup2
Add red lentils
Add potatoes and carrots
Add herbs and spices (I use salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley and curry powder)
Simmer for 25 min.
At the end, add lemon juice (this adds some freshness and acidity)

You can eat this soup at this point (i.e. chunky), or puree with hand-held immersion blender.
(I prefer it pureed, but it’s good either way!)


Enjoy with a green salad or some garlic bread, or both!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup

I’m sharing another one of my super-easy go-to vegan soup recipes. This one has just 5 basic ingredients (plus seasonings)!! Canned beans are a great staple to have on hand for quick meals like this!1_ - 1 (83)

Vegetable broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can tomato sauce
1 large sweet potato, diced
1/2 – 3/4 cup f
rozen corn
1-2 carrots, diced (optional)
1 cup cooked wild rice (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

Place 4-5 cups veg broth/water,  plus tomato sauce in pot and bring to boil
Add diced sweet potato
Add black beans
Add frozen corn
Add salt & pepper, taco seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder & parsley
Simmer 20-30 min


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This is great served with diced avocado or guacamole on top!
Also, you can add other veggies or rice/pasta too!

Split Pea Soup

This is such an easy vegan meal… only 4 major ingredients!!
The key here is to soak the split peas in plenty of water ahead of time. It drastically reduces the cooking time! This recipe is perfect for colder days!

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Soak 1-1/2 cups split green peas (2 hours or more)
Rinse split peas
Bring to boil 6 cups veg broth/water
Add split peas
Add diced carrots and potatoes
Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dill weed & parsley
Simmer 45-50 min until peas break down