This Healthy Lentil Soup is perfect for lunch or dinner.
It is a complete meal that can be whipped up in a very short time and is a favourite for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
This is one of the quickest soups you can prepare because lentils take a very short time to cook. They will cook even faster if you soak them before……say maybe an hour or two.
(If you want the meal to be prepared even quicker, use precooked lentils.)
How easy is it…….
After you have rinsed your lentils, put it in a large pot with water to boil.
To your boiling water and lentils, add potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots. Cut these into small pieces so they will cook quickly.
Add your seasonings; onion, scallion, thyme, pepper and salt to taste.
Simmer until cooked, stirring frequently so soup will become thickened.
This is a wholesome, delicious and filling lunch……..or dinner………or supper.
Here is the quick and easy Healthy Lentil Soup Recipe for you to try.
- 1 cup lentils
- 2 quarts water
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1/2 lb pumpkin
- 2 medium carrot
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 stalks scallion
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper
Add the water to the lentils and bring to boil.
Boil for about 15 minutes until lentils are half cooked. (Pre-soaked lentils will cook even faster)
In the meantime wash and peel the potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin and carrots.
Cut in bite sized pieces to facilitate quick cooking.
Chop up the scallion and dice the onion.
After the lentils have been boiling for 15 minutes add the potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, onion, scallion and thyme.
Pierce the scotch bonnet pepper with a fork and add whole to the pot. (If you do not like it too spicy, do not pierce the pepper)
Decrease the flame and simmer for another 15 minutes stirring frequently. (Stirring causes the pumpkin and potatoes to blend and thicken the soup)
Taste for flavour and to ensure that the lentils are well cooked (They should be soft)
Remove the pepper from the pot and discard.
Serve and enjoy.
It is as easy as that.
Happy Soup Days.