Black Lentil Vegetable Soup is a hearty, filling option perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold day. With carrots, cabbage, and rutabaga in, as well as black lentils, it is as nutritious as it is delicious! Therefore, you can feel good about eating all of it by yourself over the course of three days, like I did.
I have been having one of those weeks. You know the ones. They just drag on and you’re tired the whole time? I mean, the last ten years of my life has been like one very long week to varying degrees, but this week has been a little more snail-like than normal. It was the kind of week that needed black lentil vegetable soup, because cooking is hard when you’re tired.
It probably doesn’t help that on Saturday my hen, Uther, was attacked by a dog. She’s not seriously hurt, just a small tear on her tail, but she lost a huge chunk of feathers. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the animal that attacked her, but after a couple days inside, she was fine to go back out and be with her friends. I didn’t keep her in as long as I did Arnold because she’s the second-highest on the pecking order and her wound is a lot less obvious.
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There’s also a few things coming up that I’m looking forward to. For example, we get CSA vegetables every other week in the winter and this is a CSA pick-up week. So I’m all impatient about getting a bunch of nice vegetables. And who wouldn’t be impatient about them! Look at all those vegetables! They’re beautiful and I am excited, dammit. The CSA member email came out early this week, too, so I’ve been waiting extra long!
Final on the list of things that are prolonging my week, Valentines Day is just around the corner. I have a special dinner planned for Mason and myself. We’re gonna get our lamb on, guys. I’m making lamb shanks with a rutabaga mash and garlicky, sauteed greens, which I’m excited about. We don’t get to do lamb often because it is The Expensive Meat. Since it’s also our fourth anniversary, we’re going to be buying an Oath of the Gatewatch fat pack, i.e. Magic: The Gathering cards, because booster packs are fun to open and each fat pack comes with a sick stack of full art basic lands. I could swoon, just thinking about them, to be honest.
Enough about MtG, though, let’s talk soup. Black Lentil Vegetable Soup is one of my new favorite things, in part because it reminds me a lot of my mom’s veggie beef soup. I mean, it’s pretty similar; it’s got the tomato-beef broth, the carrots, and the cabbage. It hits all the nostalgic notes for me.
Best of all, it uses red cabbage, which I often have difficulty using up before it goes bad. I really though the red cabbage would make my soup a weird color, but it was actually a very pleasant, earthy color, in my opinion. It also provided an opportunity to use up some of the canned black lentils sitting in the bottom of my pantry for the last year from when Mason had to go on a fodmaps elimination diet on his doctor’s insistence.
- 4 Cups Beef Broth
- 2 Cans No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
- ½ Onion, diced fine
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 medium Carrots, sliced
- 2 cups Rutabaga, ½" Diced
- 3 cups shredded Red Cabbage
- 2 cans Black lentils, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp Oregano
- ½ tsp Rosemary
- ½ Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 cups Spinach
- 8 oz Smoked Sausage, halved and sliced into half-moons (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, bring beef broth to a boil.
- Add the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, carrot, rutabaga, cabbage, oregano, rosemary, and Worcestershire sauce.Return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
- Add the lentils and spinach. Add the Smoked sausage, if using. Continue to simmer for another 5-10 minutes, until the spinach is wilted and the sausage is cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste; serve.