Carrot Lentil soup

by Lucia

I love soups, they are so easy to prepare and you can cook it so many different ways. All what you need is one pot and a few ingredients. We cook soups so often in Slovakia, it is our main dish I would say.

Today I will show you my very favourite lentil soup. This is what I cook when I have less time or when I come home really hungry and want to eat something as soon as possible. So, for the soup you need lentils, some potatoes, a few carrots, leeks and spices as cumin seeds, red sweet pepper powder and marjoram, some salt and about 3 l of water. I always keep red mini lentils in the kitchen because don’t need to soak them before cooking and they are cooked in 15 or 20 minutes. Soo practical!

This soup is:

  • Nutrient
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • lactose-free
  • rich of plant protein
  • delicious
  • very easy to do

I always sauté veggies before adding water, it gives the soup a better taste. Longer you sauté, better is. So, clean and cut leeks and carrots, heat 2 tablespoons of extravergine olive oil over medium heat. Add the veggies and sauté it for 5 minutes, keep stirring. After, add cumin seeds, sweet pepper powder, keep stirring and sauté for other 2 minutes. Add water, potatoes, salt and lentils. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to minimum. Let it simmer until all is cooked. Taste the soup and eventually balance it with spices.

Summary of the recipe for 3-4 servings:

  • 1 cup of mini lentils
  • 2 big potatoes, peeled and cut
  • 3 big carrots, peeled and cut
  • 2 small leeks, cleaned and cut
  • 1 tbsp of salt (adjust as you prefer)
  • 2 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp of red sweet pepper powder
  • 2 tsp of marjoram
  • 2 tbsp of extravergine olive oil
  • 3 l of water

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat, add carrots and leeks, sautè for 5 minutes, keep stirring
  2. Add cumin, sweet pepper powder, keep stirring and sautè for other 2 minutes
  3. Add water, potatoes, salt and lentils and marjoram. Stir to combine all ingredients.
    Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to minimum. Let it simmer until all is cooked.
  4. Taste the soup and eventually balance it with spices according to your preferences (sweet pepper/cumin/marjoram/salt)

Buon appetito!

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1 comment

Sabrina Sinclair February 22, 2019 - 8:57 pm

Yum!!

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