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French-Inspired Lentil Soup

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French Inspired Lentil Soup

The addition of tempeh bacon to this recipe brings a smoky warm flavor that makes this my favorite lentil soup recipe. In the colder months, there is nothing better than enjoying a warm bowl of nutritious soup. This recipe is packed with plant-based protein, vitamins, and minerals. Pair it with warm crusty bread and you have a complete meal.

French Inspired Lentil Soup

Bacon is added to a traditional lentil soup recipe to add smoky warm flavor.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • Chef's Knife
  • dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup tempeh bacon chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup dried brown or green lentils rinsed and sorted
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 red potatoes cut in ½ inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a stock pot over medium heat add the olive oil
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Once hot add tempeh bacon and cook for 3 minutes until crispy
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook for 5 – 6 minutes until onion is translucent
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Add the red wine vinegar and deglaze the pan
  • Add carrot and celery and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until they soften
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Add lentils and stir to coat
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Add vegetable broth, potato, thyme, bay leaf, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika and bring to a boil
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the lentils are tender
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
  • Discard bay leaf, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve
    French Inspired Lentil Soup
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Easy Recipe, Plant-based Meat, soup, vegan, vegan recipes

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