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hearty lentil soup with spinach

This is a super simple soup that is backed with protein and iron.  I like to add the spinach at the end to make it more nutritionally rich but it also looks nice.  This goes well with a nice piece of garlic bread or a salad if you need more to the meal.

hearty lentil soup with spinach

This is a super simple soup that is backed with protein and iron.  I like to add the spinach at the end to make it more nutritionally rich but it also looks nice.  This goes well with a nice piece of garlic bread or a salad if you need more to the meal.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 4
2 cups green French lentils
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped in small pieces
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large carrots, peeled and chopped in small pieces
4 cups (1 quart) chicken broth or beef broth
8 ounces fresh spinach, stemmed and coarsely chopped
to finish
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove
optional flavors
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
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hearty lentil soup with spinach
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    4
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

  • to finish

  • optional flavors

Directions

1
Done

Rinse the lentils in a colander under cold running water and drain. Set aside.

2
Done

In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

3
Done

Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.

4
Done

Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute, and add salt. Option to add the cumin, coriander, and paprika and stir in to incorporate well.

5
Done

Stir in the the lentils and chicken or beef broth.

6
Done

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently until the lentils are very tender, about 30 minutes.

7
Done

Stir the spinach into the soup. Cook, uncovered, just until the spinach wilts, 1 to 2 minutes.

8
Done

to finish

Place garlic clove in 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and cook in a small saute pan until garlic is fragrant.

9
Done

Remove garlic clove and pour fragrant oil into the soup.

10
Done

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve immediately.