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June 23, 2012

Seven soups every Saturday: meat-free lentil soup recipes

Spicy red lentil and tomato soup, vegan goodness from Andrea Meyers.

I adore lentils -- brown, green, red, pink, black, white -- and I love them best in soup, snuggled up against something a little bit spicy. The meaty texture of lentils takes the place of actual meat in so many soup variations, which makes lentil soups perfect for Meatless Mondays, or meatless any days. Some lentils, like the basic brown ones you find in every grocery store, practically fall apart on their own in soup; others might need some encouragement from an immersion blender or food processor. Lentils pair well with almost any vegetable, and don't forget the cheese.

Seven meat-free lentil soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Thai coconut curry lentil soup, from Jeanette's Healthy Living

Green lentil soup with curried brown butter, from 101 Cookbooks

Lentil soup with sweet potatoes and spinach, from Two Peas & Their Pod

Spicy red lentil and tomato soup, from Andrea Meyers

Ginger and lentil soup, from Joy the Baker

Indian lentil soup with fenugreek (methi dal), from Herbivoracious

Curried lentil soup with cilantro, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Find more meat-free lentil soup recipes on Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.

[Photo of spicy red lentil and tomato soup by, and used with permission from, Andrea Meyers.]


Posted by: Jeannej7 | June 23, 2012 at 08:03 AM

Happy Saturday everyone,
I adore Lentil Soups especially during the winter months, coming from the Caribbean I used to add squash in mine, but next time make lentil soup I will add some of these ingredients, the coconut and ginger sounds yummy.

Posted by: Kalyn | June 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Lentil soup has to be my favorite of all time!

Posted by: Lydia | June 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM

Jeanne, I love the idea of lentils with squash. Hope you find some fun new soup variations in this week's list.

Kalyn, lentil soup was the first soup I learned how to make, and it was a mainstay all through college years. It's one of my favorites, too.

Posted by: susan g | June 24, 2012 at 09:01 PM

Great list! I'll start with the first and just keep going.

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