Curry Lentil Soup

This vibrant curry lentil soup is ultra cozy and healthy! It’s a hearty plant based recipe that’s filling enough for lunch or dinner. Are you a soup lover? Alex and I had a curry lentil soup at a restaurant lately, and after one bite I knew we had to make it at home. Here’s our take on it, and I must say: it’s one of our very favorite soup recipes to date. (With over 50 vegetarian and vegan soup recipes on our website, that’s saying something!) It’s full of hearty red lentils and root vegetables, and the broth is swirled with red curry paste and coconut milk. With all the texture and flavor going on, it feels rich and luxurious. But at the same time it’s a healthy, plant based meal! What’s in this curry lentil soup? This curry lentil soup is almost a stew, and it’s vibrant orange-red color is perfect for cozy afternoons or chilly evenings. It’s chock full of veggies and good for you ingredients, and the perfect example of a whole food plant based (WFBP) recipe gone right. Here’s the magic sauce that makes this recipe tick: Onion, potato, carrots, and…parsnips (optional). The root veggies in […]

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This vibrant curry lentil soup is ultra cozy and healthy! It’s a hearty plant based recipe that’s filling enough for lunch or dinner.

Curry Lentil Soup

Are you a soup lover? Alex and I had a curry lentil soup at a restaurant lately, and after one bite I knew we had to make it at home. Here’s our take on it, and I must say: it’s one of our very favorite soup recipes to date. (With over 50 vegetarian and vegan soup recipes on our website, that’s saying something!) It’s full of hearty red lentils and root vegetables, and the broth is swirled with red curry paste and coconut milk. With all the texture and flavor going on, it feels rich and luxurious. But at the same time it’s a healthy, plant based meal!

Curry lentil soup

What’s in this curry lentil soup?

This curry lentil soup is almost a stew, and it’s vibrant orange-red color is perfect for cozy afternoons or chilly evenings. It’s chock full of veggies and good for you ingredients, and the perfect example of a whole food plant based (WFBP) recipe gone right. Here’s the magic sauce that makes this recipe tick:

  • Onion, potato, carrots, and…parsnips (optional). The root veggies in this soup are your standard hitters, with one unique element thrown in: parsnips! They’re uniquely sweet and earthy. But they’re not a flavor deal breaker: sub in an extra carrot if you can’t find them.
  • Garlic and ginger. Aromatics garlic and fresh ginger perfectly flavor the body of the soup.
  • Kale. Why not throw in some leafy greens? They add both color and nutrients.
  • Red lentils. Red lentils cook quickly, making the simmer time on this soup just 10 minutes.
  • Thai curry paste & coconut milk: To bring in the curry element, jarred curry paste brings big flavor, and coconut milk adds creamy body. (See the Curry Paste section below.)
Curry lentil soup

Tips for cutting the veggies: small dice!

The vegetables in this curry lentil soup are a little different than other soups for one reason: they’re chopped into very small squares. Remember that restaurant soup I mentioned up top? Alex and I loved the texture of the veggies being smaller than the standard dice. Here you’ll chop the onion, carrot, potato and parsnip into 1/4-inch cubes.

This method of chopping takes a little longer than a traditional dice, since more precision is required. But it’s worth it! Here’s a photo so you can see the approximate size.

Chopped veggies for soup

The flavor maker: Thai curry paste

The secret to the flavor in this curry lentil soup? Thai red curry paste! This is a jarred paste that combines flavors you’ll find in a Thai curry: garlic, lemongrass, ginger and more. Is Thai curry paste spicy? Actually, it really depends on the brand. So, you’ll have to taste it and add curry paste to taste. The brand we love is very mild, so it doesn’t add heat to this curry lentil soup.

Where to buy Thai curry paste? You can usually find it in the grocery in the international foods aisle. It keeps for months in the refrigerator and you can use it in lots more recipes, like our. Our favorite brand of Thai curry paste is Thai Kitchen, and it’s not very spicy. If you can’t find it at your grocery, you can buy it online: Thai Kitchen red curry paste | Amazon.

Lentil vegetable soup

Are there time savers?

It takes about 40 minutes to make this curry lentil soup. This is about the average time to make a soup, but here are a few time saver ideas:

  • Prep the soup with a spouse, partner, friend, etc. The longest prep time is the chopping: so you could save 10 minutes by adding a second person. That makes it a 30 minute meal!
  • Chop the veggies the night before (keep potatoes in water). You can chop the veggies in advance: this makes it a 20 minute meal! Refrigerate them until making the soup. Potatoes can brown when exposed to air, so keep the peeled and chopped potatoes in a separate container covered with 1 inch of cold water. They’ll keep this way overnight.
Curry lentil soup

Make it a meal! Ways to serve curry lentil soup

This curry lentil soup makes for a tasty, healthy plant based meal. It’s a great intro meal for people who are wary of plant based eating! Here are a few things we’d suggest serving alongside:

This curry lentil soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Curry Lentil Soup

Curry Lentil Soup (Vibrant & Healthy!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

This vibrant curry lentil soup is ultra cozy and healthy! It’s a hearty plant based recipe that’s filling enough for lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 russet potato
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 parsnips (or substitute 1 carrot)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon minced or grated ginger
  • 3 large kale leaves (1 cup loose, finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 28-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons red curry paste*
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut each of these vegetables into small, 1/4-inch cubes (see the photo above for approximate size). Dice the onion, and chop the potato, carrot, and parsnips.
  2. Mince the garlic. Peel and mince or grate the ginger. Finely chop the kale.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, potatoes, carrots and parsnips and saute for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the lentils, kale, tomatoes, broth, water, and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the lentils and veggies are tender.
  5. Stir in the curry paste (to taste)* and the coconut milk. Serve warm, garnished with torn cilantro leaves. Leftovers store well and taste even better.

Notes

*The spice level in Thai curry pastes can vary. Taste and add additional curry paste to your liking. The brand we like (Thai Kitchen) is very mild; we used 3 tablespoons of it and it didn’t add heat to the soup. Others can vary, so just add a bit, taste the soup, and add more to taste.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

You can never have enough all-purpose side dish recipes, like Balsamic Roasted Vegetables. These sweet and savory caramelized vegetables are versatile (use any vegetables), they hold up well to reheating (perfect for meal prep), and their flavor matches with a wide variety of main dishes. They even make a simple yet stunning Thanksgiving side dish! […]

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You can never have enough all-purpose side dish recipes, like Balsamic Roasted Vegetables. These sweet and savory caramelized vegetables are versatile (use any vegetables), they hold up well to reheating (perfect for meal prep), and their flavor matches with a wide variety of main dishes. They even make a simple yet stunning Thanksgiving side dish!

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables – An All-Purpose Side Dish

A white oval platter full of Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with metal serving ware on the side.

What Vegetables Can I Use?

You can roast just about any vegetable in this sweet, savory, and tangy balsamic marinade. The key is to match your vegetables to the season. Summer vegetables tend to be softer, so they’ll take less time to roast. Fall and winter vegetables are harder and will take more time to roast. Choose vegetables of a similar type so they cook at a similar rate. Here are some vegetable options:

Soft Spring and Summer Vegetables: Asparagus, grape tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, onions.

Hard Fall and Winter Vegetables: Carrots, parsnips, radishes, turnips, Brussels sprouts, onion, turnips, butternut squash, sweet potatoes.

What Should I Serve with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables?

My favorite pairing for balsamic roasted vegetables is any type of roasted meat (roast chicken, beef, or pork), but they also go beautifully with the smoky flavor of grilled meats. The savory-sweet flavor of the balsamic marinade also pairs quite well with BBQ sauce, so any type of BBQ meat would be a great match. I’ve also paired balsamic roasted vegetables with seasoned rice in the past for a simple vegetarian dish. Lastly, when using fall and winter vegetables, as I have today, this dish makes a simple and beautiful side for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Tips for Roasting Vegetables

Here are a few tips for getting great results when roasting any type of vegetable:

  • Chop harder vegetables into smaller pieces and softer vegetables into larger pieces to help them roast at a more similar rate.
  • Use plenty of oil. Without enough oil the vegetables will shrivel and dry instead of caramelize.
  • Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet. If the vegetables are too crowded, steam will become trapped and the vegetables will stew in their own juices instead of caramelize.
  • Don’t forget to stir! Stirring the vegetables at least once, half-way through the roasting time will ensure even cooking.

Close up of Balsamic Roasted Vegetables on a white platter

 

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

These sweet and savory caramelized Balsamic Roasted Vegetables are an easy and elegant all-purpose side dish that you'll want to make over and over!

Balsamic Marinade

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil ($0.48)
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ($0.41)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.24)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ($0.09)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil ($0.05)
  • freshly cracked black pepper ($0.03)

Vegetables

  • 8 oz. mushrooms (baby bellas or button mushrooms) ($1.69)
  • 1 red onion ($0.44)
  • 1/2 lb. carrots ($0.45)
  • 1/2 lb. parsnips ($1.06)
  • 1 bunch radishes ($0.99)
  • 1/4 bunch parsley (for garnish) ($0.20)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, dried basil, and pepper. Set the marinade aside.

  2. Scrub or peel the carrots and parsnips, then slice them into 1-inch pieces. Wash the mushrooms and cut them in half. Peel the onion and slice it into 1-inch wide wedges. Wash the radishes, cut off their stems and roots, then slice each one in half.

  3. Spread the prepared vegetables out over a large baking sheet, making sure they're in a single layer and no piled on top one another. Pour the balsamic marinade over top, then toss the vegetables until they're all well coated.

  4. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven, give the vegetables a good stir, then return them to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and have browned on the edges. Don't be alarmed if the marinade blackens on the baking sheet, that part will not be scooped up with the vegetables.

  5. While the vegetables are roasting, finely chop a handful of fresh parsley. Transfer the roasted vegetables to a bowl or serving platter and sprinkle the chopped parsley over top just before serving.

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A serving spoon stuck in the side of a platter full of balsamic roasted vegetables, garnished with chopped parsley.

How to Make Balsamic Roasted Vegetables – Step by Step Photos

Balsamic Marinade in a small bowl

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp dried basil, and some freshly cracked pepper (maybe 10 cranks of a pepper mill). Set the marinade aside.

Whole vegetables for roasting on a cutting board

As mentioned above, you can use just about any vegetable for this recipe, but it’s best to match your vegetables to the season (see section above recipe for alternative vegetable ideas). Today I am using one red onion, 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, 2 parsnips (1/2 lb.), 1/2 lb. carrots, and one bunch of radishes. 

Balsamic marinade being poured onto prepared vegetables on the baking sheet

Clean and chop the vegetables so they are roughly similar sizes, making the harder vegetables slightly smaller and softer vegetables slightly bigger. Place the chopped vegetables on a large baking sheet, so they’re spread out in a single layer. Pour the balsamic marinade over top, then toss until the vegetables are all well coated.

balsamic roasted vegetables after 20 minutes

Transfer the vegetables to the preheated 400ºF oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 2o minutes, remove the baking sheet and ive the vegetables a good stir (pictured above). 

Balsamic roasted vegetables after 40 minutes

Return the vegetables to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and browned on the outside. Don’t be alarmed if some of the marinade burns on the baking sheet. The vegetables themselves are not burned and the part stuck to the baking sheet will be left behind (a quick soak and it will all dissolve off, too). 

Balsamic roasted vegetables plated on a platter with chopped parsley on top

After roasting, transfer the balsamic roasted vegetables to a bowl or serving platter and top with chopped parsley. 

Balsamic roasted vegetables on a plate with roasted pork

Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I served with my Balsamic Roasted Vegetables!

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