Simple black lentil soup is a hearty vegan soup that’s warming for those cold winter days.
Hello, it’s snowing.
Baby Bee’s slide in our yard.
Again! I feel like a broken record. We’ve had so much snow, and so many bitterly cold days this winter, it’s just gotten to the point where a blizzard is not even anything to talk about anymore.
It’s not too big of a deal, I guess, because I am mostly home with the boys, and I have food in the kitchen and a warm house, so what do I really have to complain about? Nothing at all, really. I just pull the curtains open and enjoy the bright whiteness, and make lots of soup and cookies.
The other day I was looking through the pantry, and found a forgotten bag of black lentils. I had picked them up last summer, along with a bag of French green lentils just to try them and see if they were any different from the usual red lentils and green lentils that we eat. I decided to try them in a black lentil soup, and I was surprised to find out that black lentils are indeed a bit different from red and green lentils. For one thing, they held their shape better than the other varieties. The other thing that was slightly different was the flavor – I find red lentils to be very mild, and green lentils have a bit of a stronger flavor, but these black lentils had a deeper flavor that had an earthy quality. Darryl and I both really liked that earthiness in this soup.
This was a simple black lentil soup to make, onions, carrots, mushrooms, broth, plus the lentils…all in one pot. Easy and super healthy.
Black Lentil Soup
Saute the onion, garlic, and carrots in the olive oil over medium heat, until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the lentils, broth, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook on medium low until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. If the liquid gets too low, add a bit of water.
Add vinegar and stir. Serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did! Have you tried different varieties of lentils? Which type is your favorite?