Yesterday, everyone in Toronto was filled with hope and promise because it was gloriously sunny and ‘warm’ (i.e above freezing). And then today, all our hopes were dashed when we got a massive amount of snow, blizzard conditions, and temperatures that are more appropriate in January than March. Sigh. That’s living in Canada I guess.
So while I’m dreaming of warmer days and being able to go outside without having to arm myself with a giant coat and boots, the weather just isn’t cooperating. Which is why I’m so glad I made this soup! It’s warm and spicy, guaranteed to warm you up from the inside.
It’s pretty easy to make, doesn’t have that many ingredients, and is a great clean-out-your-fridge soup, because you can really throw just about any veggie into it. You can give it as much spice as you need to warm you up (I needed a lot of spice today), and it doesn’t take that long to make!
Adapted from Oh She Glows
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1-2 carrots, chopped
Other veggies, as desired/in your fridge
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or as much/little as you want
14 ounce can diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable broth
1 cup red lentils
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot, heat the oil and add onion and garlic. Saute until they’re starting to turn golden, about 3-5 minutes. Add celery, carrots, and any other vegetables you want, and cook for a few more minutes.
Add spices and cook, stirring, until spices start to become fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Add tomatoes (with juice), broth, and lentils. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, about 25 minutes, until lentils are nice and soft.
Season with a bit of salt and freshly cracked pepper, and serve with some toasty bread or crackers.
When the weather is snowy and horrible, nothing beats a spicy bowl of lentil soup to warm you up! Now cross your fingers that spring gets here soon…