15-Minute Lentil Soup

by Cate on February 16, 2010

Lentil Soup

When I found out that Jamie liked lentils, I became just a little excited. I can’t lie.   I am a big lentil fan, but know very few people that are. It was the perfect opportunity to try a new Martha Stewart recipe for 15-Minute Lentil Soup. And since Jamie jokingly complains that she has gained, ahem, a few pounds since she started coming here a little over a year ago, I felt it only right to offset the cookies and other sweet treats with something hearty and healthy. It’s fair.

This recipe came from Martha’s Everyday Food magazine. Between this and the meatloaf yesterday, it’s quickly turning into Martha’s week here. Each serving has 281 calories, 5.7 grams of fat, over 19 grams of protein and 16.8 grams of fiber. It’s definitely soup you can feel good about eating, and given the fact that Winter seems like it’s never going to leave us (seriously, snow again today?!), it will do right by you and warm you from the inside out.  It’s crazysimple to make and a guilt-free but tasty way to start off a dinner or be a nice, light lunch.

Project 365
February 16, 2010, Photo #46

After Dinner Nibbles

Had company for dinner last night, and our guests brought a bunch of different desserts, including a jar full of pink M&Ms. Don’t you just love friends like that? Thank goodness these were the milk chocolate version.  My weakness is for the peanut butter ones.  If it had been those, I would surely have been in trouble.  Big time.

15-Minute Lentil Soup
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food, October 2009

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
14.5 ounces low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
3/4 cup cooked lentils (from a 15-ounce can), rinsed and drained (this was hard to find, but finally located it in the Hispanic aisle of our grocery store)
2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add lentils and cook until soup thickens slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Serves 1 (we got three lunch servings from it)

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Kristi Rush February 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I seriously don’t come to your blog as much as I want to because you always make me so hungry. It happened again and I want some of that soup. Yummy looking, and 15 minutes? You can’t beat that. Thanks for the recipe I will be trying it soon. If I had all the ingredients on hand my soon would be like in 15 minutes ;)


MariaV February 17, 2010 at 7:04 am

I will definitely try this soup. I adore lentils, but don’t make lentil soup often because it takes too long, the recipe I have makes a large batch and I’m the only one who likes it.


Joanne February 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

My roommates complain that they’ve gained weight since we moved in together as well. But to be fair, I just don’t see it. Those M+Ms will make for some purty in pink cookies!

The soup looks delicious. And yeah – snow? MORE snow? What is going on?


Susan February 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

I totally over-bought chocolate the day after Valentine’s. But on the win side, I got to try Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms for the first time – and they are AWESOME.


Ramona February 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

Looks great. I’ll have to look for those lentils.


5 Star Foodie February 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Awesome that you can make this delicious soup in 15 minutes!


Debbie February 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’m a big fan of lentil soup and I’m glad you mentioned where you found the cooked lentils….I would have looked all over without finding them otherwise!


Sarah Caron February 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Wow, that’s really fast enough for a quick lunch. I had no idea that they even sold cooked lentils!


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