Mediterranean-Style Lentil Soup

Mediterranean-Style Lentil Soup

Easy, healthy, and even tastier the next day, this lentil soup checks all the boxes for the perfect weeknight meal. Protein-packed legumes and lentils cook down into a thick stew that's punctuated with tart sun-dried tomatoes. The flavors only intensify over time, so make sure to cook a large batch.

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Product Size

  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

16 mins

Cook Time

42 mins

Free Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup (60g ) finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup (60g) finely chopped fennel
  • ½ cup (60g) finely chopped carrot
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cups (1000ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (200g) crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup (150g) green or brown lentils
  • ½ cup (50g) roughly chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup (160g) canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Black pepper, as needed
  • Fresh dill, chopped, as needed

Preparation

  1. Combine olive oil, onion, fennel, carrot, garlic, and tomato paste in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). 
  2. Cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the salt, stock, crushed tomatoes, lentils, and sundried tomatoes and stir to combine. Cook uncovered at full power for 33-34 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  4. Add the beans and continue cooking for another 3 minutes or until all ingredients are hot. Season with black pepper. If you like your soup slightly brothier, add a bit more stock to your liking.
  5. To serve, sprinkle freshly chopped dill over the soup and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute cannellini beans with your favorite canned beans such as black, kidney, pinto or even garbanzo.
  • Substitute the fennel for red bell peppers or chopped cabbage if preferred.
  • Stir in fresh spinach right at the end for even more veggies.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.