Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup for a Cold Chilly Night

Recipe: Hearty Lentil and Vegetable Soup for a Cold Chilly Night

- 1 cup dried lentils (green or brown), rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.

2. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and smoked paprika to the pot. Stir well to coat the vegetables in the spices and cook for another minute until fragrant.

3. Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juice), vegetable broth, water, and bay leaf to the pot. Stir everything together and bring the soup to a boil.

4. Once the soup reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 30-35 minutes or until the lentils are tender and cooked through.

5. Remove the bay leaf from the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasonings as needed to suit your preferences.

6. Ladle the hot soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro. The herbs add a burst of freshness and enhance the flavors of the soup.

7. Serve the lentil and vegetable soup alongside some crusty bread or a side salad for a complete meal on a cold chilly night.

Enjoy the comforting warmth and nourishing goodness of this hearty lentil and vegetable soup. Its rich flavors and wholesome ingredients will surely keep you cozy and satisfied as you embrace the chilly night.

Stay warm and enjoy!

Feel free to customize the soup by adding other vegetables like diced potatoes, sweet potatoes, or spinach. You can also add a dash of hot sauce or a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra kick of flavor.

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