Lemon Lentil Quinoa Soup

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I love soups that are delicious and super healthy, and easy lentil soup recipe fits perfectly. It’s full of hearty lentils, quinoa, and veggies, so it’s perfect for a cold Monday night after a long weekend of over indulging.
It uses tons of garlic, and both lemon juice and zest give it a bright and sunny flavor. On a cold night, that is perfection.
You can add almost any veggies you like here. I picked corn and kale, because I love them both, but it would work well with spinach or bell peppers I think. Pureed just a bit gives it some body, and topping it with a dollop of tangy yogurt rounds it out beautifully. Some toasted pita bread if you have it would work nicely here.

Lemon Lentil Quinoa Soup

Bright and flavorful lemon lentil soup that is easy to make and super nutritious is the perfect cold weather meal when you want to feel good about what you eat.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale or spinach
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 6 cups broth of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels frozen or canned and drained
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots, and cook until softened.
  • Add the garlic, kale, and seasonings. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  • Add the corn and quinoa, simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Put half of the soup in a blender and puree and add back to the pot. Simmer until heated through, and add the cayenne and lemon. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately.
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