Hearty Lentil Soup
It's cold, you have a cold, there's chills everywhere. You're under the weather, your kids are under the weather, the cat's under the weather. It's pretty hard to get through a Canadian winter without a bowl of soup somewhere in there. Winter can bring about a lot of indoor living and desire for warm savoury foods. What can be more warming to the soul than a bowl of home made soup?
This tasty recipe is loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Folate and Protein. Here is one of my simple soups that can be made with foods that I almost always have in my pantry. Sub for any veggies you have on hand to change up this base recipe. Cozy up and enjoy this delicious comforting soup!
2 tbsp olive oil (sub water if oil free)
1/2 diced onion
1 can unsalted diced tomatoes
4 cups of water
2 cups spinach
1 cup of cooked green lentils
1 carrot chopped
1 potato chopped
1/2 cup barley
2 bay leaves
2 tsp better than bouillon
salt & pepper to taste
1. In a pot add olive oil and onion. Cook on low heat for 7-10 minutes until translucent. Do not allow to brown. Note: The trick to making this soup extra flavourful is to slowly cook the onions.
2. Add diced tomatoes, water and bouillon. Bring to a boil.
3. Add carrots, potatoes, lentils, barley and bay leaves. Continue cooking for 10 minutes then reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add Spinach, cook additional 5 minutes.
5. Taste test. Add salt and pepper to desired taste.
Serve with warm fresh bread.