Bean, Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Nothing is more comforting than hearty, homemade soup when you have a cold. Luckily, the day before my cold hit me really hard, I had made a big batch of this soup the day before 🙂 So all of it’s yummy goodness and magically “makes me feel better” powers kicked it quite nicely 🙂

This recipe is really great for those who are vegans, vegetarians, simply don’t have any meat in the house, or if you are on a strict budget (as I am), OR your sick and need a comfort food that will put some jump into your step, this is a cheap recipe that is good for you and will last for days! This recipe in particular lasted Evan and I three days!

Source: Budget Bytes 

What You Need:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 – 4 carrots
  • 3 ribs celery (I didn’t have celery on hand so I just skipped this ingredient; so I would say celery is optional).
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans (I didn’t have any black beans on hand either so I just used a can of mixed beans)
  • 1 cup lentils (The colour does not matter)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp salt

What You Need To Do:

  1. Mince the garlic and dice the onion. Cook both in a large pot with olive oil over medium heat until tender. Meanwhile, slice the celery and peel and slice the carrots. Add the celery and carrots to the pot and continue to sauté for about 5 more minutes.
  2. Drain the can of black beans and add it to the pot along with the dry lentils, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and some freshly cracked pepper (10-15 cranks of a pepper mill). Finally, add the diced tomatoes (with juices) and vegetable broth, and stir to combine.
  3. Increase the heat to medium high and allow the pot to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low, place a lid on top, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, test the lentils to make sure they are tender. If not, continue to simmer until they are tender.**

Taste the soup and add salt as needed. Serve hot.

This recipe is a WINNER in my books 🙂

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