Hearty Lentil Vegetable Soup

Here’s an easy vegetarian supper to add to your meatless meal rotation. The lentils and sweet potato in this cozy soup deliver a double dose of soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, smooth out blood sugars, and stabilize mood.
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This recipe makes 8 serving(s)
  • 2 quart(s) broth, chicken, less sodium or vegetable broth
  • 2 package(s) mushrooms, fresh small button (10-ounce), sliced (or any preferred mushrooms)
  • 1 bag spinach, baby (9 ounces)
  • 2 pounds carrot(s), baby
  • 2 medium squash, summer (yellow) sliced into wheels
  • 3 medium zucchini green, sliced into wheels
  • 1 large potato(es), sweet cut into thick slices or chunks
  • 8 whole garlic cloves
  • 2 large onion(s), yellow sliced
  • 3 cup(s) water
  • 1 cup(s) lentils
  • salt, Kosher to taste
  • pepper, black to taste
Add the broth, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, sweet potato, garlic, onions, and water to a large pot and bring the liquid to boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. After the soup has simmered for 45 minutes, use a potato masher to mash the vegetables.

Add the lentils to the pot and stir. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes. For thinner soup, continue to cook the soup covered. For thicker soup, remove the cover after adding the lentils.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. (If you like spicy food, add a few dashes of hot sauce to the pot or your bowl.)

Makes 8 servings