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Red Lentil Soup – Easy & Healthy Recipe Under 30 min

Lentil Soup

Most middle eastern restaurants charge 3-5 dollars for a cup of lentil soup. That is insane to me since you can take that same amount of money and make enough soup to feed you for a week, and then some. Its really delicious, vegetarian / vegan and is filling. Most Lebanese soups are. On top of that, when using  a pressure cooker, you can be done in under 30 min, start to finish. Slap peanut butter on me and release me in the woods if I’m lying.

Anyways, are you ready for the easiest soup you will ever make? Lets go.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups red lentils
  2. 1/2 cup rice
  3. 1 large onion
  4. 1 tablespoon cumin
  5. 6-7 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
  6. 2 lemons
  7. 7 spice blend – optional
  8. carrots – optional

To start, sautee and brown the onions.

Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup

Then add the lentils, rice, cumin and stock. Make sure to wash the rice and lentils very well first!
Lentil Soup

Just put it all in a pressure cooker. If you don’t have one, thats ok, it will  just need to simmer longer till the lentils are cooked thru. I swear by my pressure cooker. It cuts stew and soup cooking time by alot. Totally worth it.
Lentil Soup

Once you hear it boil, and steam is present, just time it for 10-15 mins and put the heat on low. Yeh, you heard me. After just let it sit for a few before deflating the pressure cooker. Technically you could just eat it at this point. Its more chunky and has some texture at this point.
Lentil Soup

Or, you can use a blender to smooth it all out.
Lentil Soup

After, just add some of the freshly squeezed lemon. I add alot of lemon into my bowl too. I just love it. I’m a citrus fiend. And thats it folks. Serve it up with crispy pita bread, crackers, croutons, and whatever else you want.
Lentil Soup

The soup is nice and smooth. Very comforting. It also tends to thicken up, so be ready to thin it out as needed.
Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup

You won’t believe how much soup those 2 cups of lentils make. Take it to work, have it as a light dinner. Its a great soup to have on hand. If you make some, send me the pictures on facebook. I would love to share! Enjoy 🙂

Chestnut Butternut squash soup

I picked up a good sized butternut squash for a nice fall soup. I halved it, then scooped out the seeds (which u can clean and roast), seasoned it with I picked up a good sized butternut squash for a nice fall soup. I halved it, then scooped out the seeds (which u can clean and roast), seasoned it with chilipowder, salt and pepper, lay it skin up on a pan with a little bit of water, and roasted it in the oven at 350 for about half an hour till soft. Then you can scoup the flesh out with a spoon.

butternut squash soup 002

While the squash was in the oven, i peeled some chestnuts (takes some patience and it will ruin ur manicure), then boiled them till soft. Hnadle with care because they can break apart.

chestnut preparation

once all my ingredients were ready, i sweated down half and onion and 1 medium carrot in a pressure cooker (i love how everything is faster with them). Then added the squash, chestnuts, nutmeg, a little cinnamon, you could add heavy cream to make it creamy but i wanted mine without it. You also need chicken stock, at least 3 cups depending on how thick you want it.chilipowder, salt and pepper, lay it skin up on a pan with a little bit of water, and roasted it in the oven at 350 for about half an hour till soft. Then you can scoup the flesh out with a spoon.

butternut squash soup 002

While the squash was in the oven, i peeled some chestnuts (takes some patience and it will ruin ur manicure), then boiled them till soft. Handle with care because they can break apart.

chestnut preparation

once all my ingredients were ready, i sweated down half and onion and 1 medium carrot in a pressure cooker (i love how everything is faster with them). Then added the squash, chestnuts, nutmeg, a little cinnamon, you could add heavy cream to make it creamy but i wanted mine without it. You also need chicken stock, at least 3 cups depending on how thick you want it.

butternut squash chestnut soup ingredients

and after, i blended it with a hand blender, if you don’t have one just use a regular blender and do it in batches till its smooth..and….

VOILA!

butternut squash chestnut soup

I put some sourcream and chives on mine, you can use creme fraiche, yogurt or whatever u like on top.

it was super easy to make even though it took some initial prep time. AND the best part about it was there was so much left over that i froze the rest in 2 batches, so its at hand any time i need it this winter!

++MIRA++

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