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Easy & Healthy Two Ingredient Lentil Soup

Yes, you read that right. Quick, easy, and healthy two ingredient lentil soup. This recipe will change your life for the better.

Two ingredient Lentil Soup

What? You don’t eat soup out of martini glasses, too? ;)

lentil soup

Lentils are a wonderful alternative to meat because they have lots of fiber, protein, iron, and vitamins and minerals. Plus — they are cheap! Perfect for those of us on a budget. Buying beans instead of meat at the store is my #1 tip for decreasing your grocery bill.

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As you see in the photo I used pre-sprouted lentils, which just means they are dry lentils that were soaked in water for a few days (and then dehydrated to be packaged). Not only does this mean that they don’t have to be cooked as long, but did you know that sprouting lentils actually improves their nutrition? Regular lentils are deficient in two amino acids, methionine and cystine, but sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of ALL essential amino acids, including those two. Sweet!

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Two Ingredient Lentil Soup

makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C sprouted dry lentils
  • 2 C vegetable broth (low sodium if possible)

Instructions:

Add 1/2 cup sprouted dry lentils to 2 cups boiling vegetable broth. Immediately reduce to low heat, cover, and let simmer 15 minutes (or longer, depending how soft you want them), stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

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I actually stumbled upon this recipe by accident — I was making a big batch of lentils last week to have on hand for quick healthy meals, ended up adding way too much veggie broth… and then discovered I had made the easiest lentil soup, ever! Feel free to add in some carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc., too! If you add carrots, you’ll want to add them in right when you put the lentils in so they have time to get soft. For things like celery and mushrooms, adding them in 5 minutes before the end will be fine.

Now that I know lentil soup is the easiest thing ever to make, I’m definitely never buying canned again!

What great recipes have you discovered by accident? Is there anything you make at home now that you always used to buy pre-packaged? Oatmeal is another thing I always make from scratch now — my Perfect [microwave] Banana Oatmeal is WAY more awesome than any instant oatmeal and just as easy :)

Comments

  1. 1

    How great are your photos getting, Anne! Jenny keeps telling me I need to get more into soups (filling + low calorie for the most part, so she claims) and this one is so simply I might just have to give it a try! :)

  2. 4

    This IS easy! :)

  3. 5

    Love those pictures, they’re incredible!

    This looks like the beginnings of a beautiful soup! Or just a beautiful soup, but I prefer mine with lots of extra bulk :)

  4. 6

    I love this soup and always have a batch on hand for lunches! I also add a can or two of rotel to mine for a little kick.

  5. 7

    Love your blog- Cute idea to photograph the soup in a martini glass!

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    I can’t believe how easy this is. I’m definitely making it. Two ingredients? Sold.

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    I always make oatmeal at home, but keep some instant at work when I need a snack that is a healthier option than the vending machine’s offerings. I always make homemade pesto rather than buy it prepackaged.

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    I have always loved lentils. I didn’t know about sprouted lentils though. I will absolutely try them. I love the martini glass as a serving dish.I can just see my family as they stare at me as I place a martini glass in front of them. Hehehe, can’t wait.

  9. 12

    Just when I was looking for a way to make quick, no-fuss lentil soup :)
    Only, I have ”cubes of veggie broth” but I think it will work. Nice blog!

  10. 13

    AHHHH! Easy recipe indeed! Thanks for sharing, especially those facts about sprouted lentils as I had no idea.

  11. 14

    I love this idea!!!!

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    I have lentils up in my cupboard that have been waiting to be used in an easy recipe – this looks fantastic. My kind of recipe: quick, easy & healthy!

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    NO kidding. 2 ingredients?! Yum! I love lentils and really want to eat more of them in my diet. Soup is one great, simple way to do that…clearly :)

  14. 17

    I’ve tried canned lentil soup before, but there’s really no excuse for that when you can make a homemade version with 2 ingredients.. wow!

  15. 18

    Two ingredients? Even I can’t mess this one up!

  16. 19

    I need to try to score some sprouted lentils, because I LOVE lentil soup, but it can be so time consuming.

  17. 20

    I didn’t think a lentil soup could look so good! Especially one so simple!

  18. 21

    I LOVE recipes that only require a few (inexpensive) ingredients! Thanks for sharing!

  19. 22

    I just had Lentil soup today for lunch, and now I realize where my random craving came from!

  20. 23

    that’s my kind of recipe! i love when things happen so serendipitously like that. and now we all get to benefit from it. :)

  21. 24

    my college roommate ate so many lentils she actually smelled like one… after seeing this soup & how easy it is to make, i might too!

  22. 26

    AWESOME! I’ve seen those sprouted green lentils, but haven’t tried them yet…they look yummy, though…especially in the fancy martini glass!

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    This looks stellar! I just posted a lentil soup recipe on my blog as well. It had the basics (lentils and veggie broth) with the addition of a few other things. I was shocked at how easy it was to throw together. :D

    Thanks so much for sharing! And I *love* that you eat soup from a martini glass. Fun! :D

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    Looks wonderful, Anne! And love the “soup bowl!”

    Could cold mushroom soup, directly from the can qualify as a recipe I fell into one time? (Fewer dishes that way, at the least! :-) )

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    Now that’s what I call presentation! Nice!

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