Eating healthy can be hard. Especially when you’re wanting to make recipes that your family will also love! To stay on track, it’s helpful to have several “go-to” healthy recipes that are not only good for you, but that are actually tasty, hearty, and something that the whole family will love. This Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe is here to save the day!
Making Vegan Lentil Soup
Here’s what you need to make Vegan Lentil Soup:
- dry lentils
- carrots, finely chopped (fresh or frozen)
- zucchini, finely chopped (fresh or frozen)
- vegetable stock
- diced tomatoes
- seasoning: cumin, onion flakes, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and pepper
How to cook dry lentils
Place the dry lentils in a large stock pot. For perfectly soft lentils, cook 1 cup of dry lentils with 3 cups of liquid. Bring the liquid and lentils to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to cook for about 30-40 minutes, until lentils are soft.
For this vegan lentil soup recipe, the lentils are cooked along with the vegetables and seasoning all at once. There is no need to cook the lentils separately!
Tips for this Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe
1. Freeze vegan lentil soup for easy dinners throughout the week!
Make a big batch of this vegan lentil soup, place in freezer containers (These Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers are excellent!), let cool in the refrigerator (without the lid), then add the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months!
2. Use frozen vegetables instead of fresh
Fresh vegetables are always welcome, but frozen vegetables are a great option when you’re needing to save time!
3. Adjust the vegetable stock for desired consistency
Looking to create more a of lentil stew? Using a little bit less broth will help achieve a thicker consistency. Adding more broth will create more of a lentil soup. Adjust as you see fit!
P.S: It can be helpful to add a little bit of extra broth if you reheat this recipe!
Love this Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe? You’ll also love these other healthy, comforting soup recipes:
- Slow Cooker Skinny Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
- Vegan Ramen Soup w/ Zucchini Noodles
Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe
- 2 cups dry lentils
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 large carrot (chopped)
- 1 medium zucchini (chopped)
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp onion flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- In a large saucepan or stock pot, bring the vegetable stock to a boil and add the lentils, chopped carrot, and chopped zucchini.
- Reduce to a simmer and add in the diced tomatoes, cumin, onion flakes, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Cook for about 40-45 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy or freeze for later!