Easy Simple Lentil Soup

It’s snowing and snowing and will be snowing for days, okay maybe just two days, but it feels like DAYS! I’m working for home, and with the car snowed in (okay I’m just lazy), I’m trying to figure out how to feed myself in comfort and warmth. One problem, my fridge is pretty much empty since I’ve been living of leftovers for a while. So I busted through the cabinets to see what I can find. Behold, Trader Joe’s Green Lentils!!

And that’s when I knew, I was all set. A perfect excuse to whip out the dutch oven.

I looked through a bunch of recipes and none of them appealed to me, so I went with my own based on what I had around (not much).

Easy Simple Lentil Soup

Lentil SOup


3 Yellow Onions
5 Garlic Cloves
1 Orange Pepper
About a cup of cut up baby carrots
1 Pack of Trader Joe’s Green Lentils (About 1 pound and only 1.69!)
1.5 Tablespoon Thyme
1 Tablespoon Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
1 Can diced tomatoes (6oz)
5 Cups of vegetable broth

Lentil soaking – I’m not an expert but I read somewhere that any soaking is better than no soaking. Therefore, I rinsed and let them soak for about 40 minutes while chopping vegetables and gathering what little ingredients that I had.

Lentil Soup (2)

I sauteed the chopped up onions and garlic with spices and olive oil for about 15 minutes, and 10 more minutes after adding chopped up carrots and orange pepper. Added broth, diced tomatoes, drained lentils and waited til all reached a boil. I lowered the heat, closed the lid and let it simmer away for 45 minutes.

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And then proceeded to eat 2 bowls!

Is it snowing where you are? Boston is expected up to 14 inches!

Favorite Dutch oven recipe? I’m looking to try more real recipes, so link me up!