Lentil Tomato Soup
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An easy, delicious and hearty gluten-free and vegetarian soup. It's packed with nutrients and paired with cornbread and a salad makes a meal! Freezes and reheats well. Notes: Servings vary depending on if you enjoy it a main meal or a side dish.
Recipe type: Soup, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Serves: 6-10 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½-1 teaspoon ground red pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3⅓ cups water
  • 2⅓ cups dried gluten-free lentils, rinsed
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 5½ cups vegetable broth (To help with the math -- I used 1 32oz box + 1½ cups)
  • 1 750g (26.46oz) box chopped tomatoes or 28oz can diced tomatoes, undrained (both work so whichever you have in your pantry or find in store)
Making the soup
  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add the garlic and all the spices (turmeric, cumin, chili powder, ground red pepper, salt and black pepper) and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients -- water, broth, lentils, cilantro and chopped tomatoes, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer minimally 1 hour. 90 mins to 2 hours is preferable as the lentils cook more and the flavors blend more.
Serving options
  1. You can serve as is with the lentils and tomatoes whole and some broth.
  2. Alternatively, you could puree the entire mix using an immersion blender
  3. Other third option, reserve 2 cups lentil mixture. Blend the remaining mixture with an immersion blender, then stir in reserved 2 cups lentil mixture.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
  6. Extra stores well in the refrigerator for several days. Freezes and reheats well.
Recipe by healthyGFfamily.com at https://www.healthygffamily.com/recipe/hearty-lentil-tomato-soup/