Lentil and Quinoa Soup

We just had a rainy, blustery spell of weather here in Los Angeles – and it was the perfect kind of weather to make soup. This lentil and quinoa soup is a hearty, filling soup. It has a double punch of protein from the lentils and quinoa and it full of healthy vegetables.

Lentil and Quinoa Soup | Green Valley Kitchen

Lentils are little nutritional powerhouses – full of protein and fiber.  By adding quinoa to the mix you’re really upping the protein power of this soup.  This healthy, nourishing soup is packed with vegetables as well – it has onions, celery, carrots, garlic, tomatoes and swiss chard.

Lentil and Quinoa Soup | Green Valley Kitchen

I used french lentils in the soup.  I like them because they retain their shape better than regular lentils.   French lentils used to be difficult to find but these days you can find them pretty much anywhere – I bought mine at Target of all places.  If you can’t find french lentils, regular brown lentils will work just as well.

Lentil and Quinoa Soup | Green Valley Kitchen

 

A couple of notes:

This is a really thick soup – which is the way I like it.  If you want your soup to be a bit more soupy then puree two cups of the soup in a blender and add it back into the pot.

While prepping the swiss chard – remove the complete stem by cutting the off the leafy part of the swiss chard.  You’ll just be using the leaf part in this soup (not the stem).  If you’re not a fan of swiss chard you can easily substitute spinach or kale.

Make sure to pick through your lentils before adding them to the soup pot – check for any small stones. Also, give your lentils and the quinoa a quick rinse before adding to the pot.

Lentil and Quinoa Soup
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Serves: 4 to 6
A hearty, filling, vegan lentil and quinoa soup that is packed with protein, vegetables and is lightly spiced.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery - diced
  • 2 large carrots - diced. I used 4 small carrots in this recipe.
  • 2 cloves of garlic - put through a press or minced.
  • 8 twists of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cumin - I used turkish cumin
  • ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of french lentils
  • ½ cup of quinoa - I used red quinoa
  • 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes - I used petite diced tomatoes
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 veggie bouillon cubes
  • 3 leaves of swiss chard - discard stems and roughly chop leafy greens
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, add olive oil and onions and cook over low heat for 5 minutes until onions are soft.
  2. Add celery, carrots, garlic and black pepper to soup pot and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add thyme, cumin and red pepper flakes to soup pot and cook for 1 minute stirring to combine flavors.
  4. Rinse french lentils and quinoa before adding to the pot.
  5. Add french lentils and quinoa to the soup pot.
  6. Add the can of diced tomatoes (and juices) to the soup pot.
  7. Add water and bouillon cubes to soup pot and bring to a boil.
  8. Turn down the heat and let the soup simmer for 35 minutes - stirring occasionally.
  9. Add chopped swiss chard to the soup and simmer for 15 additional minutes.
  10. Serves 4 to 6.

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30 comments on “Lentil and Quinoa Soup

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Ohhh, love the shots of the veggies, and the lentils and quinoa together is perfect! So pretty. French lentils are hands down the most Earthy legume out there! They are delicious in anything, especially soup! This may as well be called a power food bowl, it’s got so many good things in it! Everything I love! The addition of quinoa really takes this over the top! I bet it freezes well too, making an easy dinner weeks later! Thanks so much for this, Geraldine! Looking forward to trying it!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks so much, Traci! Definitely a power food bowl! And it’s definitely a good soup to last over a couple of days – tasting better the next day.

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  2. Jenny

    I just made this with some minor changes. Holy Moley it’s good!!!! I used chicken broth, added more carrots and a bunch of kale instead of Swiss chard. This is definitely going in the recipe box!! Good work!!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Jenny – thanks so, so much for taking time to let me know you enjoyed it – you just made my day!! I like the changes you made – especially adding more carrots – think I’ll do that next time too.

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  3. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen

    We to be sharing a brain wave about lentils this week, Geraldine! This recipe looks so delicious and hearty. I love how easy it is to make, too. I’ve never added swiss chard to a soup, but it sounds like a great idea! As always, thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Annie @ ciaochowbambina

    I love lentils. And I love quinoa. You can bet I’ll be making this soup! And like you, I prefer my soups on the thicker side. Thank you for sharing this ideal meal while our days continue to be cool…really cool. Pinned, of course!

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  5. Izzy

    I’ve been wanting to make a lentil soup all winter but still haven’t gotten around to it! Lentil soup is one of my favorites! I love that you added quiona in here for a little extra protein, It sounds like the perfect filling meal 🙂

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Izzy – thanks so much. This is the first time I’ve added quinoa to a soup and I agree that the addition of quinoa really makes this lentil soup more of a meal!

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  6. Evi @ greenevi

    This looks so delicious! Quinoa is probably my absolute favourite thing to eat, but have never tried in a soup yet. Can’t wait to do so now, thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll start with this recipe 🙂

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  7. Robert

    I think I will attempt to make this soup but I wonder if anyone has tried to puree the whole thing, and how will it taste?

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Robert: I have not tried pureeing the soup. I think, if you decide to puree, may just puree half and add it back into the soup. Please let me know how it works out if you try it. Thanks!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Yoon – I haven’t made this with chicken broth but you want to use the same amount of liquid – so you can do 4 cups of chicken broth and 3 cups of water if you want – a total of 7 cups. Let me know how it works out for you. Thanks!

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  8. Sue W.

    Made this last week and it was great. Using it as one of my meals each day to keep full and be healthy . I have a new pot cooking now. I just used regular lentils and love the firmness of them . Easy and quick. I did add some turkey sausage and it was yummy.

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