Awesome Lentil Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Dish, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Family Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low Calorie, Low Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 20 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb organic green lentils
  • 4 cups yellow onion chopped = 3 large onions
  • 4 cups leeks chopped (white part only) = 2 leeks
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced = 3 cloves
  • .25 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1.25 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves minced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 cups celery diced
  • 3 cups carrots diced
  • 3 quarts unsalted vegetable stock
  • .5 cup tomato paste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, cover lentils with boiling water and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large stockpot on medium heat, sauté the onions, leeks, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and cumin for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are translucent and very tender. Add the celery and carrots, sauté for 10 more minutes.
  • Add the vegetable stock, tomato paste and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, until the lentils are cooked through. Check the seasonings.

Notes

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 150
Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 285 g
Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 8 g
 
Optional
Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese (not included in nutritional analysis)