Spinach Lentil Soup

by Kelli H. on January 16, 2012

Last Monday I shared a lentil soup recipe, which I proclaimed as my favorite soup of the season so far. That says a lot, since I’ve been eating about two soups a week for dinner. This spinach lentil soup is in place of this soup. I mentioned in that post I was working on a vegetarian lentil soup, and this is the product. It’s delicious and hearty without the meat. Even David really enjoyed it. Of course, what isn’t enjoyable with a mound of parmesan cheese on it?

I hope this soup makes it’s way into your kitchen this winter. It’s a great way to add some some key nutrients into your diet, such as fiber and iron.

Spinach Lentil Soup
heavily adapted from Cooking Light January/February 2012

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup brown or green lentils
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 (6 oz) package fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to top

1. Heat a pot over medium heat. Add oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add onion, celery, and carrots; cook for about 8 minutes or until tender. Add bay leaf and dried thyme; cook for 1 minute. Add lentils, vegetable stock, and water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes or until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf and remove from heat.
2. Place 2 cups of lentil mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Make sure to remove the blender lid, and place a kitchen towel over the top. Return pureed lentils to the pot. Add baby spinach, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste. Stir until spinach is wilted.

Notes:
I used my new awesome green Cuisine Art hand blender to puree the soup. I love that thing! If you have one of those, it definitely makes it easy.

I think I’ve got my lentil obsession out of the way for the winter but who knows! I may be back this winter with another lentil recipe. Until then, enjoy this one!

Do you own a hand blender? Do you think it’s a waste of space, or do you absolutely love it?
I had one at my parent’s house, but when I moved out I never took it with me. 
I received a Sur La Table gift card over Christmas, and used it to purchase 
my new beautiful bright green one! Thanks Mom & Dad!
BTW, I think they are totally useful! I mean, I’ve been getting by for 2 years without one, 
but it was so nice not to drag out my blender.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy January 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I made my first lentil soup last week! It was so good, we ate the whole batch in 2 days…I’m a big fan of soft, wilty spinach in soup, I bet this is amazing!

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Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking January 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I’m really loving all of these soup recipes from you! It’s FREEZING here and I’ll be honest-a salad, smoothie, or cold cut sandwich just doesn’t sound as good as piping hot lentil soup ๐Ÿ™‚

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Made in Sonoma January 17, 2012 at 3:03 am

I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Anna! There’s most likely going to be lots more!

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Lauren January 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

love my handblender! I used it all the time! Great recipe too btw ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog January 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

Your soup look delicious! i bet it taste great on a cold rainy day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kathryn @ Flopoodle January 18, 2012 at 1:57 am

That sounds great! I might try it with kale since that’s what I have on hand…

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Made in Sonoma January 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

Kale would definitely work too!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

Just saw this recipe, wow it looks tasty! I love that it’s vegetarian!! Can’t wait to try it, thanks! And I’m sad to say, I don’t have a hand blender yet! I have no idea why not.. Sounds like a must have!

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food-sweat-and-beers.com January 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

No hand blender here, but I’ve never been much of a soup gal…. it’s the chewer in me. I’ll drink my calories in beer form, I think (though your pumpkin/blackbean soup looked pretty sexy…)

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Made in Sonoma January 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Wow, I don’t think anyone’s called my soups sexy before — thanks! haha.

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