Spinach Lentil Soup

Remember on Monday when I told you all that I made soup? Well, as it turns out, that soup is pretty darn delicious.

So, if it’s okay with you, I’m going to share it with ya’ll today, mmmkay?

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First of all, I gotta tell ya that it is not easy making a soup like this look pretty. For me, it’s just not happening, but to anyone who else that can, well, they are a genius.

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The other day, I came across a bag of lentils that have been sitting in my pantry for, ohh I don’t know, over a year at least (hopefully they don’t go bad?). I decided it was time to do something with those bad boys so I started looking around in some of my cookbooks to see what I could find.

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Sure enough, I came across a recipe for Spinach Lentil Stew in my Taste of Home cookbook that seemed not only easy enough, but I also already had almost all of the ingredients on hand. Perfect.

I made a few slight adaptations to the original recipe based on what I had at home, and it worked like a charm.

Spinach Lentil Soup

(slightly adapted from Taste of Home)

Perfect for a quick, cozy dinner on a cool, crisp evening. Pair it with some crusty bread, a nice glass of wine, and you’ll be set for the rest of the night.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 package (10oz.) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 can (14-1/2oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté onion in oil until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute. Add baby spinach leaves, cover, and allow spinach to cook down until wilted.
  2. Add the broth, water, lentils, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add carrots and diced tomatoes; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20-25 minutes longer or until lentils are tender. Enjoy!

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Since Jay really has no desire to go anywhere near lentils, I have this whole big batch for myself; but at the risk of overdosing on spinach and lentils, I divided my batch into two, and put the other half in the freezer for another time.

(FYI: When freezing soups/stews, I put it in a sealable, plastic container, and simply pop it in the freezer. I’ve also heard of people using gallon-size freezer bags which can take up less space, but the plastic containers work well for me.)

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Lunch today is going to be awesome.

Question for the Afternoon:

Do you have a favorite homemade soup recipe?

Feel free to share and/or link it up in the comments section!

Comments

  1. says

    I love hearty soups and stews. I’ve been meaning to find some crock pot coup recipes so I can just set it in the morning and come home to dinner.

    My fav homemade soup that my mom makes is a Polish soup called Zurek, that gets translated to Sour Rye Soup in English, but don’t let the name fool you, it’s delish!
    I make a pretty delish White Bean Chili. My boyfriend raves about it for days every time I make it. http://www.frolic-through-life.com/2011/07/chili-and-fro-yo/
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  2. says

    I will try this in next weeks meal plan :) I have been making at least one homemade soup a week this past month and so far my favorite is your pumpkin and black bean soup! So much flavor! A few others I have tried are kinda bland… My other favorite is from the Double Delicious cookbook – Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomato.
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  3. Sarah says

    Hi there! The soup looks so yummy! Im a Buffalo reader and headed to Albany this weekend to visit friends. After last weekends posts I already requested going to The City Beer Hall, which they said they also love, any other good recommendations while we are in for the weekend..maybe some daytime recommendations – bc sitting and watching the boyfriend and his friends play xbox during the day isn’t sounding fun! I am thinking I might need to try out the farmers market too!

    • Courtney says

      Hey Sarah! That’s awesome to hear you’ll be headed out this way. Here’s a few things I can recommend… (most you can Google for exact locations)
      -Farmers Market in Troy (it’s on Saturdays from 9-1, definitely good for during the day)
      -If you want somewhere to go for breakfast/lunch after the Farmers Market, head around the corner to Spillin’ the Beans on 3rd Street. DELICIOUS food!
      -If you want to go shopping, you can always go to Crossgates Mall!
      -Other bars/restaurants in Albany that I like:
      Stout
      Bombers’s Burrito Bar on Lark Street
      Lionheart, near Lark Street
      (all of Lark Street is a pretty chill place to visit)
      -TCBY for fro yo on Western Ave! :)

      Also, check out albanyevents.org – they should have some good info for you. Have fun!

  4. says

    My mom makes this homemade take-out chicken noodle soup. The recipe calls for egg noodles, celery, carrots, chicken, and chicken broth. It tastes delicious! One time, we subsituted the chicken for turkey and it tasted just as good.

    Just typing this makes me want to have a bowl right about now. :)
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  5. Amanda says

    I made this last night, but added spicy turkey sausage so that my boyfriend would eat it too (he liked it, even if he did pick out the spinach). And MAN was it good! Thanks for the recipe!

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