Even when your pantry is bare, you probably have the ingredients for this flavorful curry lentil soup. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make.
Whenever David and I are going out of town, I spend the week leading up to the trip trying to eat down the food we have in the refrigerator. It becomes some kind of Chopped-style competition in my own kitchen.
“Now, what can I do with half of a pineapple, collard greens, and cilantro?”
Obviously it doesn’t matter for foods that keep for a long time like onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. However, for things with a short shelf life like leafy greens, I do my best to make sure they don’t go to waste.
Inevitably that means that the night before we leave and the evening we return, there’s very little left to have for dinner.
Curry lentil soup
For just such an occasion, I make pantry-friendly curry lentil soup.
All of the ingredients utilize pantry and refrigerator staples – red lentils, garlic, onions, and spices. Those are foods I have on hand all the time and have long shelf lives.
For people who think that healthy food is expensive, time consuming, or bland, this soup clobbers all of those criticisms.
The soup is ready from start to finish in only about 25 minutes and costs change to make. I use one of my favorite curry powders for easy and delicious flavor.
(For this soup, I like the sweet curry powder from Penzeys Spices. But if you have a favorite curry powder, use that instead.)
I serve the soup with crackers, bread, or brown rice.
I tend to make just enough for two. However, if you’re cooking for a bigger group or want leftovers, it’s easy to double.
And like so many soups, this vegan curry lentil soup just gets better with time as the flavors develop and meld.
Curry Lentil Soup
- Bring a soup pot to a medium heat with extra virgin olive oil. Add onion and garlic to the pot and sauté for a few minutes, until they are softened and fragrant. Then add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
- Bring the soup to a simmer. Then turn the heat to low and cover for 15 to 20 minutes, stopping occasionally to stir.
- Once the lentils have softened and are starting to break down while still maintaining some of their shape, the soup is ready. Taste for more salt, if necessary. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cilantro garnish (optional).