When it comes to comfort food, sure you can grab a bag of chips and go to china town on some Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. But I can’t guarantee you’re going to feel GREAT after said comfort-seeking venture. In my humble opinion, there is something amazingly therapeutic about a souper big steamy, creamy bowl of homemade soup.
Especially when the soup can be easily concocted in one large pot. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I’ve got finals this week and you better bet I will be slurping this soup for the next 5 days straight. It’s a great dish to make on the weekend and just reheat throughout the week.
You can sloppily throw it together on a weary Sunday night by adding in fiber-protein-zinc-calcium-niacin-packed lentils, vitamin-A-rich carrots, and vitamin-D-containing mushrooms. It’s loaded with spices that impart incredible flavor and bursting with fresh heart-healthy veggies and legumes. What’s not to adore?
Put on that Snuggie, dig in with a spoon, and get yo’ comfy on.
One Pot Vegetarian Lentil Soup
- 2 cups dried lentils (any variety)
- 2 whole carrots
- 1 yellow onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 cups (16 oz) mushrooms
- 3 T nutritional yeast (optional but highly recommended)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 T thyme
- 1 T cumin
- 2 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 T olive oil
- Begin by chopping up all the veggies first. This mean dicing the onion, tomato, and carrots. Finely mince the garlic cloves and slice them mushrooms up.
- Set a large pot on the stove on medium-high heat. Add in olive oil and saute the onion, garlic, and carrot in the oil until the onion becomes translucent and they begin to give off a nice aroma.
- Now add in the dry lentils and mix to coat. Pour in the vegetable broth and mix.
- Toss in the mushrooms, tomatoes, and all the spices and stir. Reduce heat to medium.
- Let the soup simmer for 30-45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Adjust spices by taste testing, add more salt/pepper/thyme/italian seasoning/cumin/or nutritional yeast if it tastes bland. Eeeees so easy! This soup will serve 6-8 bowls 🙂