Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

This is one of the easiest soup recipes you'll ever make, and it's also very nutritious. The one-pot recipe makes enough for a family (or several meals). Don't forget the red wine vinegar to drizzle on the finished product!

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

You will need:

3 cups dry lentils (we used green for this recipe), rinsed and picked over 7 cups water 2 teaspoons salt 6 to 8 cloves garlic 2 onions 2 stalks celery 2 medium carrots 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon oregano freshly ground black pepper red wine vinegar to drizzle on top

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

1. Place the lentils and the water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a slow simmer and cook gently, partially covered, for twenty to thirty minutes.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Peel and crush the garlic cloves.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Peel and slice the carrots.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Rinse and slice the celery.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Add the onions.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

2. Add the vegetables to the lentils after they've cooked for the twenty to thirty minutes.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Stir the vegetables into the lentils.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Add the herbs and cracked black pepper to taste.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

3. Bring the soup back up to a simmer.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Let cook for another twenty to thirty minutes.

Lentil soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

When everything is tender, serve warm with a drizzle of red wine vinegar on top to help bring out the flavors.

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