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Secret-Ingredient Lentil Soup

Pear is the surprising ingredient that adds a subtle sweetness without competing with the savory flavors in this soup. The addition of lime leaf is optional but adds a nice zing – strips of lime zest works just as well.
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Secret-Ingredient Lentil Soup recipe

Lentils are brimming with heart-healthy nutrients like folate and magnesium. Folate, or vitamin B9, has been shown to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood (high levels of which are associated with an increased risk of heart disease), while magnesium is linked to a lower risk of heart attack.

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  • 8Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed (TRY: Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils)
  • 1 large Bosc pear, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 makrut lime leaf or 2 strips lime zest, optional

Preparation

1. In a large saucepan on medium, heat oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add celery and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Add broth, sweet potato, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are slightly softened, about 10 minutes.

3. Add lentils, pear and lime leaf (if using) and cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils and potatoes are tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove lime leaf (if using). Transfer 1 cup soup to a blender and purée; return to pot and stir.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 143
  • Carbohydrate Content: 26 g
  • Fat Content: 2 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 180 mg
  • Sugar Content: 6 g