Lentil soup warms the soul and brings comfort — but heck we could say that about a hand-knitted scarf, too. Where’s the spice? Where’s the flavor?
If you’re with me in thinking that lentil soup is a mushy and bland concoction, then come on in. We’re about to change that idea, my friend!
This post all started when I went searching for ways to use fresh rosemary from our garden and landed on Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup. Yum! We had no problem scoffing down that soup.
I discovered the addition of rosemary and lemon added a bright flavor boost and that sent me on a hunt for more lentil soup recipes with lemon.
The three recipes I’m sharing today are all made with lemon — and without meat or tomatoes. There are variations in spices, seasonings and cooking methods — so have a look. Lentil soup is really easy to make and so good for you.
Quick Facts About Lentils
First, there are several different types of lentils: brown, green and red. Unlike other dry beans, you don’t have to soak lentils before you cook them. The red ones cook the fastest and the green ones have the most nutrients.
All three of the recipes below recommend using red lentils, which only take a few minutes to cook. Because they break down so easily, they add to the creaminess of the soup.
I was happy to learn that lentils are a legume — because all those food pyramids and heart-healthy guides tell us we need more legumes, but I’m never really sure what they are.
The Health Benefits of Lentils
Is lentil soup good for you? Without a doubt! Lentils are low in calories and packed with protein — which is a building block of bones, muscles and skin and helps us to feel full longer than other nutrients.
Lentils also have plenty of fiber, which fills you up, too. Aside from protein and fiber, lentils contain potassium, folate, and iron. Lentils are a nutrition powerhouse!
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Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup
My Tip: I didn’t want the soup to be quite so thick, so I reduced the time in the slow cooker from six hours to five. Don’t skip the lemon and rosemary on this one!
Source: Melanie Makes
Lemony Lentil Soup
This recipe has the addition of corn and more spices (cumin, curry, saffron and cayenne). Plus there are instructions for cooking three different ways — in the instant pot, slow cooker or stovetop.
Smoky Red Lentil Soup with Spinach
In addition to lots of spices, this recipe features full-fat coconut milk and spinach, amping up the nutritional value. This one is on repeat in our house now!
Source: Pinch of Yum
I really don’t like the cold of winter — but recipes like this make it a little easier to bear. Would you agree? Let me know in comments if you try any of these recipes or if you have a favorite lentil soup recipe of your own.
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