Average Recipe
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes

Lentils cook up very quickly compared to other legumes which may require to be soaked overnight and then cooked for an hour or more. In about 45 minutes you can have a home-cooked meal of lentil soup. And as an added bonus, lentils are very inexpensive making them a budget-friendly food. The lentils I use in this soup are called French lentils, which are also sometimes referred to as Le Puy lentils. They are small with blue speckles and hold their shape during cooking making them a great addition to salads! Once the lentils are cooking and you have a moment to spare, begin chopping your vegetables. You can then add them to your simmering lentils and your soup will be ready to go in about 20 minutes! Follow the recipe below for a time-saving way to have a healthy lunch or dinner. Serve with homemade gluten-free bread for a hearty gluten-free and vegan winter meal! 

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Lentil Soup in a Hurry!

2 cups French lentils sorted and rinsed
10 cups vegetable stock (or water)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onions diced
3 large carrots sliced into rounds
4 celery stalks chopped
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups uncooked brown rice pasta shells
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sea salt or to taste
freshly ground black pepper
¾ cups finely chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic crushed