Alas, the holidays are behind us, and it's time to return to life. This Comforting Lentil Soup is a perfect way to ease back in. Make a pot of soup and have satisfying, healthy lunches all week. This can easily be made vegetarian. Subscribers will get a bonus recipe to get breakfasts for the week sorted, too.

The holidays are over, ease back into life with a hot bowl of Lentil Soup

Alas, the holidays are over, and it’s back to life. That means back to desk lunches, even if those desks are at home. We need something fast, something filling, and hopefully, something reasonably healthy. Ease yourself back into life with Comforting Lentil Soup. Make yourself a pot of soup and have your lunches sorted for the week.

While Comforting Lentil Soup isn’t going to win you any Instagram followers, you will dine well. I like this soup with a hunk of crusty bread and a simple salad. Maybe a little cheese. When I’m feeling especially motivated, I make the bread, too.

Clean out your veggie bin and use that leftover wine from New Year’s Eve

That last bottle of wine you opened on New Year’s Eve that seemed like such a good idea? Use it in your Lentil Soup. Clear out your veggie bin, too. If you don’t have fresh herbs, dried can work. You can easily make this soup vegetarian by using veggie stock. I’ve made some suggestions for how to adjust in the recipe.

A word on the lentils

This soup calls for Lentils du Puy, also known as French lentils or Beluga lentils, which are smaller and a bit more peppery than other lentils, but you could certainly use other lentils in this, especially if you’re pureeing the soup (which is what I call for).

Lentil Soup Served
It's not beautiful, but it is delicious. Garnish with crème fraîche and freshly ground pepper (and a little parsley, if you wish)

An easy recipe and a bonus for subscribers to get breakfasts sorted, too

Other than that, there’s nothing complicated here. Build a base by sweating the veggies, add herbs, wine, and stock, and simmer until it’s done. When you’re eating a bowl of this in between meetings on Wednesday, you’ll be glad that you made the effort. This week is hard, let’s take a little comfort where we can get it.

If you’re a subscriber, I also added a “recipe” for everyday oatmeal that you can make a big pot of at the beginning of the week and have hot breakfast every morning in the time it takes to make the coffee. You’ll find it in the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box. Just hit subscribe, and you’re in! (A quick note on the Recipe Box—this soup recipe is out of order, but it is in there. There’s an issue with the page builder that needs to be sorted before I can fix it. Apologies.)

Take it easy this week, friends. We’ll make it.

Lentil Soup Ingredients

Comforting Lentil Soup

Make a pot of Comforting Lentil Soup and have satisfying lunches all week. While this isn't going to win you any Instagram followers, it's delicious, hearty, and healthy, and the perfect thing to have on a cold winter's day. Heat up a bowl in minutes and serve it with a simple salad and a hunk of crusty bread for a quick and easy meal.
This soup calls for Lentils du Puy, also known as French lentils or Beluga lentils. These are smaller and cook a bit faster than their counterparts, but you could certainly use other lentils if that's what you have on hand. I've included instructions for making this vegetarian, which it lends itself to easily. This is a good recipe to clear out your veggie bin. Use dried herbs if that's all you have, and bullion is totally fine (I use Better than Bullion most of the time when I make soup).
I've called for pureeing this soup, because that's how I prefer it, but you don't have to. If you don't, then chop the onions instead of slicing them and keep an eye on them as they sweat to make sure that they don't brown. Otherwise, just proceed as written.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half and sliced if you choose not to puree the soup, chop the onion and watch the sweating time
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced you may wish to split it first, and remove the germ if it's a little older
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup Lentils du Puy, rinsed and picked over you can use another lentil variety, but it will change the texture of the soup
  • 3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • celery leaves whatever you get from the stalks. No worries if you don't have any
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika this is to taste. I actually use ½ teaspoon. If you use vegetable stock, you may want to use even more
  • 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 5-6 cups stock (beef or vegetable) bouillon is fine, but use less than is directed to keep things from getting to salty. If you use veggie stock, you might want to add more smoked paprika
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Crème fraîche, Greek yogurt, or cream, to serve

Instructions
 

  • In a heavy bottomed soup pot with lid (I use Le Creuset) over very low heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, stir to coat. Then cover and sweat for 10 minutes. Check to make sure that the onion isn't browning
    Lentil Soup
  • Add the garlic, celery, and garlic. Salt generously, stir, and then cover again .Sweat for another 10 minutes or so, again, checking to make sure that things aren't browning or cooking too fast
    Lentil Soup: Garlic, Celery, and Carrots
  • Remove cover. Add the wine, herbs, lentils, paprika, and generous grinds of black pepper. Stir, turn heat up to medium and let the wine cook off some. Then add the stock and tomato paste. Stir, and let come to a boil. Give it a taste and adjust seasoning (it will likely need salt)
    Lentil Soup: Adding wine and the herbs
  • Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook until the lentils can be mashed with the back of a spoon and the veggies are very soft. This depends on the lentils and the size of your veggies, but think 45 minutes to an hour
    Lentil Soup Cooking
  • Remove herbs. Puree the soup, using an immersion blender or blender
    Lentil Soup: Puree it
  • To serve, return to a simmer and top with a dollop of crème fraîche, Greek yogurt, or a bit of cream, along with generous grinds of black pepper
    Lentil Soup Served

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Keyword lentil soup, lentils, lentils du Puy
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