This creamy lentil soup will satisfy every tastebud in the most comforting way! It’s a delicious and balanced soup with fiber, protein, and healthy fats that is perfect for winter meal prep.
Creamy Lentil Soup
Creamy Lentil Soup is just what the dietitian ordered! It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients from iron, to B vitamins, antioxidants, protein, and so much more. This is the kind of meal that will leave you satisfied and feeling good. I recommend you make a big batch to freeze or keep it in individual containers because you’ll definitely want seconds and thirds.
This creamy lentil soup is also perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish as it has rich umami flavors and a variety of hearty textures. I highly recommend giving it your own twist. Check out the ingredient list and substitute options below to make it your own.
Creamy Lentil Soup Highlights:
- Incredibly delicious and comforting
- Easy to make
- Nutrient-dense and balanced
- Meal prep-friendly
- Minimal dishes used
Ingredients and substitutes:
- Lentils: I highly recommend using green or brown lentils. Red lentils can work too but they break down easier so that will result in a mushy soup. Totally okay for some who love it that way!
- Sweet Onion: Adds a touch of sweetness for more depth in flavor but you can also use white or yellow onion.
- Veggies: This recipe calls for carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. I highly recommend using mushrooms for that meatiness. If you have shiitake mushrooms even better! Other good vegetable options include celery, potatoes, spinach, kale, or whatever your heart desires.
- Vegetable broth: I love using Better than Bouillon paste mixed in warm water. Saves money, and packaging, and tastes really good.
- Dark soy sauce: This is used to add a bit more umami flavor and to brown the mushrooms. You can also use Tamari (gluten-free), liquid aminos, or salsa Maggi.
- Oil: I recommend using olive or avocado oil.
- Nutritional yeast: Optional but it does add more umami flavor and a bit of nuttiness!
- Herbs de Provence: If you don’t have this herb mix, you can use a bit of oregano, dried basil, thyme, and rosemary.
- Cashews: Cashew cream is a great way to add creaminess to this soup. However, you can also use coconut cream instead or blend silken tofu with about two tablespoons of olive oil.