Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Spicy Vegetable Lentil Soup. {An easy and delicious soup!}

Happy New Year!  The holidays have come and gone.  Can you believe it!  Hope yours was filled with family, friends, and many blessings!

If you are like me and are now looking for a good, easy, warm, comforting soup I have just the recipe for you.... and it's low in calories (about 94 calories per cup) which always makes me happy after the many delicious and rich foods I've consumed in the last couple of weeks.  (Sorry about the long run-on sentence!)

My mom sent me this recipe a few years ago and I have made a few adjustments to my liking.  It's called

Spicy Vegetable Lentil Soup.  Makes about 10 servings

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, chopped
3 stalks Celery, chopped
3 Carrots, chopped
1 red Bell Pepper, chopped
5 Garlic cloves, sliced
1 quart Chicken Broth (low sodium)
4 cups Water
1 cup dry Lentils
1 can crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
2 Bay Leaves
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.  Stir in celery, carrots, garlic and bell pepper and cook for another 3 minutes.  Add in all remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until lentils and vegetables are tender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.  Remove bay leaves before serving.  Enjoy!

If you are like me and like to have ready to go soup, place in individual containers and freeze.  You'll have yummy soup ready in no time!

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