Carla Christian, RD, LD
Carla Christian received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn. Photo by Jason Donnelly.see more from this author
OMG, so good! I can’t believe how quick it comes together and how delicious it is. My new favorite minestrone recipe! My meat-eating husband liked a lot, too.
My WHOLE picky family loves this recipe!!! Delicious! I omitted salt, as it really doesn’t need it.
Excellent! This was so good. Easy to make and I can tell it would be easy to swap out certain ingredients for others making it very versatile to use what you have on hand. This recipe is definitely ‘a keeper’ and will be in my regular rotation of meal recipes.
I was super happy to see this soup recipe this morning. My body is crying out for lentils and more. Thanks for posting this recipe my pot of soup will be ready for lunch.
Do you need to add the 1.5 cups of water?
Yes, the water should be added in Step 1 with the onion, lentils, carrot, celery, garlic, stock, basil, and oregano.
editor, Forks Over Knives
So this recipe calls for four cups of vegetable stock AND 1.5 cups of water – both of which go in the pot in Step 1. Correct? (It’s confusing that the vegetable stock is listed in the Ingredients, but the water is not).
Yes, I added the 1.5 c. water, and then I added a lot more! My husband likes his soups more liquidy, so I added even more water to the leftovers, since quinoa makes it kind of a matrix. I suppose if you used macaroni, you might not need as much water.
Delicious and easy to make. I highly recommend adding the pesto when serving. It really elevates the dish!
Have not made yet but are the lentils pre cooked or no , last time I made lentils it seemed to have taken long time to cook an they was still somewhat hard in middle
The lentils are not pre-cooked. We recommend testing them after 30 minutes and cooking them a bit longer if they’re not tender; brown lentils can take as little as 25 minutes or as much as 40 minutes to cook. Learn more lentil tips here: https://www.forksoverknives.com/how-tos/ingredient-iq-lentils-how-cook-different-types/
Editor, Forks Over Knives
I always substitute frozen chopped spinach for kale (not a fan of kale). It’s so easy to just sprinkle it in.
Anything green — chard, cabbage (especially Savoy), spinach, bok choy, mizuna, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens. Some would require slicing or shredding, others not.
When do you add the canned tomatoes?
Renee, you add the crushed tomatoes in step #2 when you add the kale.
What an easy, healthy and delicious recipe. Other than omitting celery, as I didn’t have any, I followed it exactly and it turned out beautifully.
An amazing soup that is easy to make and very affordable. I did modify by adding 1 Tbsp each of white and red miso and an extra cup of water. It added a deeper umami flavor that complimented the lentils well.
My favorite soup right now. I told my husband I think what makes it so good are the lentils, it adds a delicious texture and is so filling. My entire family can’t stop eating it. I will be making this over and over and over.
recipe calls for 4 cups vegetable stock that is never mentioned in the instructions…….
It’s mentioned! Read again!
The stock is mentioned in step 1.
My favorite soup recipe!
I loved this recipe. I’ll be making it often.
Laura Williams, right at the beginning it says to combine the “celery, garlic, stock, basil, and oregano.” Have they added that since you looked at it?
Have been sick with cold for over a week, but tonight was the night for this recipe and it really hit the spot. I’ll be making it often.
I am in the UK and can’t find sun dried tomatoes. Only ones in oil.
Me too, I just blotted them with a paper towel and then chopped. It works well and I think the slight added oil adds more flavor.
I think it’s fine to use the ones packed in oil unless you are following these meal plans strictly to control your fat intake. Shouldn’t affect the flavor of the soup.
Easy to throw together and a hearty soup that really is a close match to non-WFPB minestrone. It’s a really forgiving recipe, so you can improvise and adapt as you’d like and it will still taste great. I like a little more umami so I added about a tablespoon of miso paste instead of the salt and was incredibly happy with the flavor.
I need to know how much protein, potassium, phosphorus & sodium in each recipe as I have CKD. Thank you very much❤️
Hi. I noticed there is no mention of Water in ingredients but in directions. I see below a little confused. Please clarify. I’m new to this. Thank you
Hi Carol, I assume they are using liquid stock/veggie broth. So adding 4 cups of water and some powdered or cubed stock should do fine.
What a fresh an delicious lunch we had. Had all Ingredients on hand. Chose Quinoa. Served with Naan, toasted. The recipe is easy an quick to make. The extra Kale went for chips.
Just what I’ve been looking for !!
Excellent! I used brown rice macaroni & substituted spinach for kale. My husband even liked it & he’s very picky!
Really really delicious and filling. Don’t skip the Sundried tomatoes (I could only find ones in oil, so I just rinsed them in a sieve!) They really take it to the next level flavour wise.
I’ve got enough for 3 days lunch for 2 people 🙂
Accidentally bought smoked sundried tomatoes and made the rest of the recipe as is. Absolutely delicious.
Looks wonderful and easy. What can I substitute for sun dried tomatoes?
Delicious & hearty. A keeper!
I keep looking for the point in the recipe to put the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth but I don’t see it listed. What did I miss?
Probably should have had the 1-1/2 cups of water in the ingredients. It would have been easier to understand. I read it wrong the first time also.
I think you’re misreading the directions. It says to add stock and 1.5 cups of WATER..
Easy, delicious, and reheats well. Will definitely make this again!