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Vegan Lentil Soup

This Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup is a comforting and nourishing dish, perfect for any time you need a warm, filling meal. It's packed with vegetables, lentils, and rich spices, making it a flavorful and satisfying option.

Vegan Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh spinach or kale, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional, for brightness)
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

Sauté the Vegetables:
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and red bell pepper. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the onion is translucent.

Add Spices and Lentils:
Stir in the ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried thyme, and dried oregano. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the spices are fragrant.

Add Lentils and Liquid:
Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juice), vegetable broth, and bay leaves to the pot. Stir well to combine.

Simmer the Soup:
Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 30-35 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Add Greens:
Stir in the chopped spinach or kale and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the greens are wilted and tender.

Finish and Serve:
Remove the bay leaves and discard. Stir in the lemon juice, if using, for a bright, fresh flavor. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

This Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup is perfect as a standalone meal or paired with crusty bread for a complete, satisfying dinner.

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Serving:

This Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup is best served hot, straight from the pot. It makes a perfect meal on its own or can be paired with a slice of crusty bread or a fresh salad for a more substantial meal. The soup is garnished with chopped fresh parsley, adding a pop of color and a burst of freshness.

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