Italian Lentil Soup

This cozy Italian-inspired lentil soup recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and always so flavorful and comforting. This Italian lentil soup is one of those back-pocket recipes I find myself defaulting to again and again because it calls for super-basic ingredients that we almost always have on hand. And on chilly nights […]

This cozy Italian-inspired lentil soup recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and always so flavorful and comforting.

Italian Lentil Soup

This Italian lentil soup is one of those back-pocket recipes I find myself defaulting to again and again because it calls for super-basic ingredients that we almost always have on hand. And on chilly nights when we find ourselves craving some feel-good vegetarian comfort food, it’s one of those simple recipes that always always hits the spot. ♡

It’s made with a basic mix of veggies and protein-rich lentils, all simmered together in a tomato-herb broth with a slight kick. Then once the lentils are cooked and tender, I always stir in a few handfuls of kale (or whatever greens happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer) and some extra fresh basil (if you happen to have some on hand), and then finish off each serving bowl with a generous sprinkling of freshly-grated Parmesan and a few twists of black pepper. It’s one of those simple soups that somehow always tastes even better than we remember and — bonus — also makes for amazing leftovers the next day.

So round up those leftover lentils that have been sitting in the back of your pantry and let’s cook up a big pot of lentil soup together!

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Pillowy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (V + GF)

Pumpkin cookies? We like. Snickerdoodles? Double like. Pumpkin snickerdoodles?! Loooooooove entirely! Name that movie, friends (The Grinch!), then make these tender, spicy, perfectly pumpkin-y cookies! 
They’re unbelievably soft and pillowy and un…

Pillowy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (V + GF)

Pumpkin cookies? We like. Snickerdoodles? Double like. Pumpkin snickerdoodles?! Loooooooove entirely! Name that movie, friends (The Grinch!), then make these tender, spicy, perfectly pumpkin-y cookies! 

They’re unbelievably soft and pillowy and undetectably gluten-free and vegan. It’s a win-win-win situation. Just 30 minutes stand between you and fall-filled cookie perfection.

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is one of my favorite foods. Not just one of my favorite soups (though of course it is), but one of my favorite foods in general. I love how the rich, flavorful broth contrasts with toppings like crunchy tortilla strips and creamy avocado…


Tortilla soup is one of my favorite foods. Not just one of my favorite soups (though of course it is), but one of my favorite foods in general. I love how the rich, flavorful broth contrasts with toppings like crunchy tortilla strips and creamy avocado. Now that the temperatures are cooling off for the season, you can bet that I’ll have this tortilla soup recipe on repeat. Tortilla soup (or sopa de tortilla or sopa Azteca) is thought to have originated in central Mexico, though you can find regional variations throughout Mexico and the US today. I can’t claim that […]

Super Simple Dukkah Seasoning (Egyptian-Inspired)

Crunchy, flavorful, savory… What’s not to love?! This Egyptian-inspired dukkah is a delicious and easy spice mix that adds instant flavor and nutrition to nearly any dish! We love it on roasted vegetables (recipe coming soon!), salads, avocado toast, d…

Super Simple Dukkah Seasoning (Egyptian-Inspired)

Crunchy, flavorful, savory… What’s not to love?! This Egyptian-inspired dukkah is a delicious and easy spice mix that adds instant flavor and nutrition to nearly any dish! We love it on roasted vegetables (recipe coming soon!), salads, avocado toast, dips, bowls, and more! 

While hazelnuts are most commonly used in dukkah, we found pepitas to be equally delicious, simpler, more affordable, and suitable for nut-free eaters too.

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Enchilada Sauce

When I’m craving enchiladas on a weeknight, I first make this red enchilada sauce recipe. It’s the perfect starting point for fast, flavorful homemade enchiladas. It takes minutes to make, and it calls for simple pantry ingredients. Still, …


When I’m craving enchiladas on a weeknight, I first make this red enchilada sauce recipe. It’s the perfect starting point for fast, flavorful homemade enchiladas. It takes minutes to make, and it calls for simple pantry ingredients. Still, its balance of tangy, earthy, and savory flavors really packs a punch. Swap it in for the store-bought stuff, and I promise, you’ll taste the difference. Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe Ingredients Growing up in the Midwest, I thought of enchilada sauce as one thing: the tomato-based stuff that comes in a can. But when I moved to Austin, I learned that in […]

10th Anniversary German Chocolate Cake

Friends! Minimalist Baker just turned TEN! Can you believe it? That’s 10 whole years on the internet. This feels big.
An astute reader recently reminded us of our 10th anniversary and suggested we celebrate with a birthday cake (GREAT IDEA, Caroline!)….

10th Anniversary German Chocolate Cake

Friends! Minimalist Baker just turned TEN! Can you believe it? That’s 10 whole years on the internet. This feels big.

An astute reader recently reminded us of our 10th anniversary and suggested we celebrate with a birthday cake (GREAT IDEA, Caroline!). And so we’re doing just that!

This cake is extra special for two reasons:

  1. Not only is this cake sexy (I mean, hubba hubba — have you seen her?).

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Falafel Gyros with Tzatziki (V, GF)

Make a delicious Greek-style falafel gyro with crispy homemade falafel balls, paired with chilled, tangy tzatziki salad, as well as some sweet tomatoes and piquant purple onion. Served it with pita bread for a perfect and easy lunch or dinner. Do you n…

Make a delicious Greek-style falafel gyro with crispy homemade falafel balls, paired with chilled, tangy tzatziki salad, as well as some sweet tomatoes and piquant purple onion. Served it with pita bread for a perfect and easy lunch or dinner. Do you need more ideas to serve with falafel? Take a look at these gorgeous...

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Announcing: Our Gluten-Free Baking Mixes + Flour Blend!

Friends! We have a super exciting announcement. Today we’re launching THREE brand-new Minimalist Baker products:

Gluten-Free Flour Blend (a perfected version of our signature blend)
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix (inspired by our love …

Announcing: Our Gluten-Free Baking Mixes + Flour Blend!

Friends! We have a super exciting announcement. Today we’re launching THREE brand-new Minimalist Baker products:

  • Gluten-Free Flour Blend (a perfected version of our signature blend)
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix (inspired by our love for all things chocolate)
  • Gluten-Free Pancake + Waffle Mix (a perfected version of our DIY mix)

That’s right, we made things! That you can buy!

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Falafel Sandwich with Maple Dijon Tahini Dressing

Fresh lettuce leaves, sweet and tangy tahini dressing and crispy falafel in pita bread are how to make a delicious falafel sandwich. We show you how easy it is to make this popular Middle Eastern vegetarian street food from scratch. Do you need more id…

Fresh lettuce leaves, sweet and tangy tahini dressing and crispy falafel in pita bread are how to make a delicious falafel sandwich. We show you how easy it is to make this popular Middle Eastern vegetarian street food from scratch. Do you need more ideas to serve with falafel? Take a look at these gorgeous...

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