October Evening Lentil Soup with Spinach
Arugula is also a great green to mix into this soup. If you are vegan or vegetarian, simply use soy instead of worcestershire sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion finely diced
- 1 large carrot finely diced
- 1 large stalk celery finely diced
- One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup French green lentils rinsed and drained
- 6 cups chicken veggie stock, or water
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves coarsely torn
In a large lidded Dutch oven or stockpot, heat the olive over a medium flame. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute until soft, about 8 minutes. Carefully pour in the tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes, until reduced, pressing down on the tomato chunks with the back of your spatula to crush them.
Stir in the bay leaf, thyme, soy or Worcestershire, lentils, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are al dente, about 30 minutes.
Remove cover and skim off any residue from the top of the broth. Stir in the Dijon mustard and salt until well incorporated - it will make the broth slightly creamier and more opaque. Taste for seasoning and add more salt as necessary.
Gently fold in the spinach leaves and cook until soft and wilted, about 2 minutes.
To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with a little olive oil. Crusty bread is never a bad thing either.