This soup is like a warm hug on a cold day. Are you experiencing too many cold days lately? Great, me too. I could use a warm hug. I could use more soup.
I think I’m ready to officially declare soup to be one of my favorite foods ever. It’s an easy way to make healthy food – I’m not a big fan of steamed veggies, so soups are a great way to get those veggie servings without roasting or frying. And while we’re on the subject of vegetables, it’s very easy to adapt this soup to a vegetarian version – just omit the meat and use a vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Saute onions, carrots, and celery. In retrospect, maybe this still counts as frying 😉
Add garlic, ginger and curry powder and saute for 4 more minutes. Then add lentils, tomatoes, kielbasa and broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer until lentils are tender (mine took 20 minutes – cook your lentils according to package directions). Simmer, simmer, simmer. Good smells waft. Dream of a ready-to-go lunch for the next week and a half. Finally, the timer dings. It’s go time. Soup.
Curried lentil soup is a great way to warm up, especially in the winter months. Full of flavor and veggies, and easily adaptable to a vegetarian palate.
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped (~1/2 c.)
- 1 c. carrots, chopped
- 1 c. celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbs fresh ginger, minced (can sub 2 tsp ground dried ginger)
- 1 - 1.5 tbs curry powder
- 2 c. dry lentils
- 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (or 3 c. fresh chopped tomatoes)
- 1 lb. cooked kielbasa, chopped*
- 3 c. chicken broth**
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley
- Heat the coconut oil in a stock pot. Saute the onion, carrots, and celery until tender.
- Add the garlic, ginger, and curry powder and saute 4 more minutes.
- Add the lentils, tomatoes, kielbasa and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer according to lentil directions until lentils are tender (15-20 minutes for my lentils).
- Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh parsley, if possible.
*omit for a vegetarian version of this soup
**use vegetable broth for vegetarian version
heavily adapted from zestycook
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