This veggie-packed soup serves double duty: Eat 3 cups for dinner tonight, and save the remaining 2 cups for breakfast the next day. If you’d like a little heat, you can add a pinch of crushed red pepper.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 (4-oz.) eggplant, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked dried brown lentils
2 bay leaves
1 small zucchini, chopped (about 6 oz.)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons sliced scallion greens
Added sugars 0g
Calcium 9% DV
Potassium 41% DV
How to Make It
Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, and swirl to coat. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and eggplant; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add 2 1/2 cups water, lentils, and bay leaves. Bring mixture to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are almost tender, about 22 minutes.
Stir in zucchini, salt, and black pepper; cook until lentils are tender and zucchini is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Ladle 3 cups soup into a large bowl, and top with sliced scallion greens. (Reserve remaining 2 cups soup for tomorrow's breakfast.)
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