Golden Red Lentil Soup

Golden Red Lentil Soup

Nothing tastes better on a cold day than a bowl of steamy hot soup, like this Golden Red Lentil Soup!  It keeps your insides warm and your taste buds happy.  Pair the soup with crusty bread and all I can say is YUM!

Did you know that some health experts consider lentils the single most healthiest food?  Some of the health benefits of the beautiful little lentil are; lowering cholesterol (and we could all use that), rich in dietary fiber, Iron for energy, and lowers blood sugar, just to name a few.  It’s a super food, one that is easy to make and tastes delicious!

Lentils come in a variety of colors (Brown, Green, and Red). I haven’t noticed a difference in flavor since lentils are wonderful at taking on the flavors you add to them, but I like the red ones the best (their prettier).

Golden Red Lentil Soup

The red lentils start this beautiful coral color and when cooked turn into a delicate golden color.

Golden Red Lentil Soup

I remember when I was a kid my mom would make lentil soup and when she served it to me she would always say “mangiare, it’s good for you” little did I know how right she was.  Now, I make lentils for my family.  I still make my mom’s recipe, but I’ve also added a few more recipes that I will be sharing with you!

Golden Red Lentil Soup
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Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2½ cups red lentils, looked through and rinsed
  • ¼ cup long grain rice
  • 12 cups vegetable broth or water
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 3 shakes of Tabasco
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh parsley, optional
Directions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat, like a dutch oven
  2. Add onions, carrots, and celery and cook for about 10 minutes until they become soft.
  3. Add lentils, rice, and water to veggies. Cover pan and bring to a boil, about 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce to simmer and cook for an additional 25 minutes.
  5. Add tumeric, lemon pepper, Tabasco, salt, cumin, smoked paprika, and pepper.
  6. Keep lid off and simmer for an additional 20 minutes until the soup has thickened and the flavors have melded together.
  7. *Garnish with smoked paprika and fresh parsley, optional
  8. *Stir occasionally throughout the cooking process.

 

Golden Red Lentil Soup

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Golden Red Lentil Soup

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