Vegetable Lentil Soup

This soup is so good for you and tastes great too! It’s loaded with veggies, lentils and pasta stars (for the kids).

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
6 cups water
2 vegetable boullion cubes
2 cups kale or spinach, chopped
1/2 cup pasta stars
1/2 cup brown lentils

Heat oil in a dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes until soft. Add carrots, celery and green pepper; cook for another 3 minutes until soft. Add salt, pepper and cumin, cook for 1 minute. Add water and turn heat to high, bring to boil. Add boullion cubes and stir. Add kale, pasta and brown lentils. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 30-45 minutes, until lentils are soft.  Add more water before serving if soup is too thick.

I’m glad I added those pasta stars because the boys were very excited to search for stars in their soup. You could also use alphabet pasta or any other neat kids’ pasta that you can find. It’s a really healthy soup, so it’s nice that the boys actually ate it. Tony and I liked it too. I served it with homemade whole-wheat bread and that went over very well. It was excellent the next day for lunch too. I also froze some so I can have an easy meal for the boys and I on a night when Tony is working.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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