As much as I love raw food, there's just nothing like a warm, comforting and hearty vegetable soup, especially in the winter months. Add to this, over the past six days, I've been struggling with a cold in the midst of 5 inches of snow and frigid temps.
As I started to feel better, I made this soup that I'd like to share with you. It is amazing!!! Keep in mind that vegetable soup is an opportunity for you to put all of your favorite veggies together in one pot, therefore, know that what I share can be personalized to what you prefer. In other words, put every vegetable that you want in YOUR SOUP. What I'm sharing in this recipe is a list of my favs. Got it??
Let's do it!
- 3/4 bag of dried lentils
- 2 medium red onions
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 4 stalks of celery
- 5 medium carrots
- 6 medium potatoes
- 1 1/2 cup of green beans
- 2 handfuls of kale ;)
- 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
- 1 large sweet potato (diced in cubes)
- 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil
- 1 butternut squash (pureed or diced in small cubes)
- 1 1/2 cup of tomato sauce (I use Premium Organic from Costco)
- 1-2 vegetable boullion cubes
- 1 cup of vegetable stock
- 2 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of cayenne
- 2-3 tsp of Himalayan sea salt (You decide how much)
- 1 tsp of black pepper (You decide...)
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tsp of thyme
- 2-3 tsp of basil
- 2-3 cups of water (lentils and to increase the volume of the soup)
Directions: (Use a LARGE POT)
- PREP BEFORE COOKING THE SOUP - Soak the lentils for at least 6 hrs in warm water.
- After the lentils have soaked, cook the red onions in the grapeseed oil and sea salt.
- Place minced garlic in the pot and stir in some of the cumin, black pepper and cayenne.
- Add lentils and cover with water.
- Allow the lentils to cook until they are tender to the taste. Add seasonings as you desire.
- BUILDING YOUR SOUP - Add the hardest veggies first and let them simmer with the lentils, tomato sauce and broth.
- Chop up all the veggies to your desired size and add all other veggies and seasonings and top off with water or broth.
- Let simmer, while stirring often to make sure that the lentils aren't sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Taste as you go to make sure it doesn't need more seasoning. Add as much as you would like based on your preference.
- As your soup thickens, due to the potatoes, serve and enjoy!
Let me know if you have any questions. Please post them on the blog. Blessings!