Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Spinach

I made this quick soup today before we headed out for snowshoeing. It is truly a keeper! Serve in your most colorful bowl, and it will brighten any winter day!

1 1/4 cup lentils (red if you can find them) otherwise regular lentils will do
2 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
1 tsp. salt
2 TB. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. anise seeds (I used fennel seeds)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp. ground ginger or 2 TB fresh grated ginger root (I used fresh)
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups rinsed, drained and chopped fresh spinach leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup coconut milk

Rinse lentils and drain. In a soup pot, bring two cups broth and three cups water, the lentils and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, warm oil in saucepan on medium heat. Stir in anise, red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic and cook for a minute, stirring constantly. Add greens and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until greens are just wilted. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for one minute. Remove from heat. When lentils are soft, stir in greens and coconut milk mixture and add salt to taste.


  1. OOh that's a pretty duo ..the 2 photos.. the bowls the cutlery.Cozy plus!
    Very nice Debbie..

    BTW..I have that tea! I don't know where you mentioned it..but I have it! The Chocolate and Roses:)

  2. The recipe is copied and saved! Thanks, Debbie - it sounds terrific.

  3. I love lentil soup and actually made some last week but it was so colorless I didn't post it. I love the addition of the spinch for color and I'm sure it tasted wonderful too. Thanks so much for another great soup recipe, Debbie!

  4. Warm and cozy this post says to me! I love the sunflower bowl and the soup sounds delicious.

  5. wow what a fab recipe! must have been great on a cold winters day~

  6. This sounds SO good and warming. Love the addition of coconut milk. I'll try it soon. Hope you're staying warm!

  7. Such a pretty photo Debbie, very nice!

    I would love this soup, thank you for sharing the recipe. xo~m.

  8. Looks delicious, Debbie and I love the bowl and silverware.

  9. Looks great, debbie, especially in that very pretty bowl! Perfect for a day of snow.

  10. Now that's a beautiful soup Debbie! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  11. Debbie, the soup looks fantastic. I had red lentils and threw them out last week. Had them in the pantry for over a year and never found a use for them. Too bad I didn't spy your recipe sooner!


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