We got our first snowfall this week, which was pretty exciting! I love the snow, which seems to be an unpopular opinion; but I think it’s so pretty and I love how cozy winter is in general. Another thing I love about winter is the warm comfort foods that come along with it like homemade vegetable soup.
Soup is one of my favourite lunch foods. I find it fills me up and this vegetable soup is incredible! It has a ton of flavour and really satisfies. I’m not someone who particularly loves veggies either, so that’s saying something.
You can use this recipe as a base and use up whatever vegetables you have in your fridge or else you can swap out ones you don’t like for ones you do. It’s a pretty versatile recipe!
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 medium carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 14.5 ounces vegetable broth
- 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 1 1/4 cups dried brown lentils, rinsed
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add in carrots and onions, sautéing for 2 minutes.
- Add in garlic and sauté another 2 minutes.
- Pour in the canned tomatoes and vegetable broth.
- Add in the lentils, basil, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Let simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the broccoli, zucchini and spinach. Allow to simmer another 10 minutes.
- Stir in the lemon juice and add up to 1 cup of water to thin out the soup as needed.
The recipe makes a large pot and easily serves myself and my mom all throughout the week for lunches. It’s hearty without feeling too heavy. I find when I eat a heavy lunch all I want to do is take a nap, so I appreciate that this soup fills me up without making me feel sluggish all afternoon. If you’re not much of a vegetable fan like me but are looking to eat healthier, definitely give this recipe a try!