Cheezy & Spicy Vegan Spinach Dip

If you are looking for a cheezy and spicy vegan spinach dip, this might just be the perfect recipe for you. It is whole foods plant-based all the way as veggies and of course spinach leaves are turned into a smooth and creamy dip. Think of it as a Gree…

If you are looking for a cheezy and spicy vegan spinach dip, this might just be the perfect recipe for you. It is whole foods plant-based all the way as veggies and of course spinach leaves are turned into a smooth and creamy dip. Think of it as a Green Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce. Are...

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Hearty Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

This hashbrown breakfast casserole recipe is delicious and easy to put together! It doubles as a vegetarian dinner and leftovers save well. Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! Don’t let the name fool you: this tasty number works for breakfast, brunch, or a tasty vegetarian dinner. It works cold, room temp or warm, so you can easily make it ahead. And leftovers stay good for days! It’s beautifully hearty, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor. Because it’s easy to make ahead, it’s super unfussy and low maintenance. Thank you, hashbrown casserole! The elements in this hashbrown breakfast casserole Again, the name is only half of the way you can serve it. We make this hashbrown breakfast casserole for friends who just had a baby as a vegetarian dinner. Because it’s easy to make in advance and doesn’t need to be reheated, it’s perfect for transporting to friends who need a meal. And, it’s a great savory option for a family brunch! Here’s what you’ll need: Frozen hashbrowns: Find a 1 pound bag in your local grocery. You can throw them […]

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This hashbrown breakfast casserole recipe is delicious and easy to put together! It doubles as a vegetarian dinner and leftovers save well.

Hashbrown breakfast casserole

Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! Don’t let the name fool you: this tasty number works for breakfast, brunch, or a tasty vegetarian dinner. It works cold, room temp or warm, so you can easily make it ahead. And leftovers stay good for days! It’s beautifully hearty, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor. Because it’s easy to make ahead, it’s super unfussy and low maintenance. Thank you, hashbrown casserole!

The elements in this hashbrown breakfast casserole

Again, the name is only half of the way you can serve it. We make this hashbrown breakfast casserole for friends who just had a baby as a vegetarian dinner. Because it’s easy to make in advance and doesn’t need to be reheated, it’s perfect for transporting to friends who need a meal. And, it’s a great savory option for a family brunch! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen hashbrowns: Find a 1 pound bag in your local grocery. You can throw them in right from frozen!
  • Eggs: 1 dozen makes it a super filling recipe for a crowd
  • Sour cream adds just the right richness
  • Milk
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions
  • Red bell pepper
  • Spices: Chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt

You don’t even need to saute the veggies! Just throw everything in a 9 x 13″ pan and bake it up. (Of course, whisk the eggs first.) It’s seriously simple. Jump down to the recipe for all the info!

Breakfast casserole recipe

Frozen hashbrowns are easy, or use potatoes

This hashbrown breakfast casserole uses the magic of frozen hashbrowns to make a quick casserole in no time. There’s actually nothing processed about frozen hash browns: they’re simply potatoes! However, some hash brown brands can include extra flours or fillers. Check the package ingredients to make sure!

If you’d like, you can also use potatoes! Use 1 pound of russet potatoes, which is the perfect type for hashbrowns. In the recipe below, we’ve included instructions on how to quick soak them so they’re the consistency of frozen hashbrowns, like in our Homemade Hash Brown recipe. See below for more!

How long does hashbrown breakfast casserole last

This breakfast casserole is super unfussy. To put it together, all you have to do is dump and stir: then bake for 50 to 55 minutes. The best part? Leftovers last for days. The pan makes enough for 8 servings, so we always make it for our family then refrigerate the leftovers.

  • Leftovers are good for 5 days, refrigerated.
  • To serve, you can eat cold, room temperature, or warmed in a 350 degree oven.
Hashbrown breakfast casserole

It’s a vegetarian breakfast casserole, too!

Many breakfast casserole recipes have sausage. This one skips the meat, so it’s a vegetarian breakfast that works for various eaters! The flavor is so savory and delicious, you don’t need the meat. It’s also free of gluten, so it’s a nice gluten free breakfast option, too.

What to serve with hashbrown breakfast casserole

Whether you’re serving it as a vegetarian breakfast, brunch, or dinner, there are lots of great ways to accessorize this into a meal! Here’s what we’d pair with it:

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This hashbrown breakfast casserole is…

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Hashbrown breakfast casserole

Hearty Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This hashbrown breakfast casserole recipe is delicious and easy to put together! It doubles as a vegetarian dinner and leftovers save well.


Ingredients

  • 2 green onions
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 16 ounces frozen hash browns*
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, plus more to serve
  • Salsa, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish.
  2. Finely dice the bell pepper. Thinly slice the green onions.
  3. Add the frozen hash browns, chopped pepper and green onion, and shredded cheese to the casserole pan and mix to combine. Sprinkle with the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt over the veggie mix and stir to combine.
  4. In large bowl, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the milk, sour cream and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt until fully combined (small dots of sour cream are ok). Pour the egg mixture over vegetables, then gently tap it down with a whisk to get everything evenly distributed.
  5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes until eggs are set (insert a knife and check to make sure it is cooked through). Rest 5 minutes before slicing into pieces and serving. Leftovers save well: refrigerate for up to 5 days and serve them cold, room temperature, or warmed. 

Notes

*Or, use 2 medium russet potatoes (1 pound). Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Use the large side of a box grater or a food processor large grating blade to grate the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Tip the bowl to drain off starchy water, then fill it again. Stir the potatoes to release starches soak them for 2 minutes. Drain the grated potatoes and squeeze out any excess water. Transfer them to a clean, dry towel. Wring the potatoes in the towel to remove as much liquid as possible.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

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More vegetarian breakfast ideas

This vegetarian breakfast casserole is a fantastic option for a meatless brunch! Here are a few other great meatless ideas:

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Roasted Potatoes with Arugula Chimichurri

Golden brown roasted potatoes are tossed with a bright and peppery arugula chimichurri sauce for a fabulously flavorful side dish. No more boring baked potatoes: these little gems are roasted until golden brown and bathed in a tangy, arugula based green sauce that’s very similar to traditional Argentinian chimichurri sauce (just with arugula instead of […]

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Golden brown roasted potatoes are tossed with a bright and peppery arugula chimichurri sauce for a fabulously flavorful side dish.

No more boring baked potatoes: these little gems are roasted until golden brown and bathed in a tangy, arugula based green sauce that’s very similar to traditional Argentinian chimichurri sauce (just with arugula instead of the typical cilantro or parsley).

Shallow bowl filled with roasted potatoes tossed with arugula chimichurri, small baby arugula leaves scattered on top

It seems like every culture around the world has their own green sauce. From Italy’s pesto to North Africa’s chermoula to Argentina’s chimichurri, they all feature a base of primarily green herbs, mixed/chopped/blended into a loose sauce of sorts, usually with ample fresh garlic and a bit of acid, salt and sometimes heat. But the similarities end there: classic Genovese pesto includes pine nuts and cheese, chermoula brings in fragrant spices such as cumin, cayenne, and paprika in addition to tangy lemon juice. Chimichurri is typically cilantro or parsley-based, and notable in its use of red wine vinegar instead of citrus juice.

All these green sauces are ever so versatile, used on everything from meats and marinades to pastas and potatoes, the specific herbs used in each easily swappable for whatever seasonal greenery you have on hand.

In this case, we used a bag of gorgeous locally grown baby arugula from Caney Fork Farms (our CSA). Arugula, while not technically an herb, behaves like one in this recipe, lending a spicy, peppery green flavor to this distinctive green sauce that is most similar to Argentinian chimichurri.

While I’ve made arugula pesto plenty of times before before (I like using pistachios instead of pine nuts and a bit of parmesan and serving it on pasta or pizza), but pesto didn’t seem like the right moniker for this particular concoction, what with its notable lack of cheese and nuts. I ultimately decided it was the most similar to chimichurri with the addition of garlic, pepper flakes and red wine vinegar.

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Nigella’s Brilliant Secret for Better Bread

Starchy water. We know by now to always save at least a ladleful of that cloudy, well-salted liquid after boiling a pot of pasta, an ingredient necessary for transforming a skillet of melted fat and beaten eggs into silky carbonara, or for seamlessly m…

Starchy water. We know by now to always save at least a ladleful of that cloudy, well-salted liquid after boiling a pot of pasta, an ingredient necessary for transforming a skillet of melted fat and beaten eggs into silky carbonara, or for seamlessly melting grated Parmesan into creamy vodka sauce so the mixture becomes a proper emulsion, nary a cheese clump in sight. And what about the water used for boiling potatoes? I’ll never forget a line in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter: “There was no milk but Ma said, ‘leave a very little of the boiling water in, and after you mash them beat them extra hard with a big spoon.’ The potatoes turned out white and fluffy.” I haven’t made mashed potatoes with milk since—just butter and starchy water.

The point is clear: Be it science or magic, that cloudy water left over from boiling pasta or potatoes holds the key to a lot of deliciousness. And where there is deliciousness, there is usually also the work of Nigella Lawson.

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Can You Freeze Potatoes? We Investigated.

A dear friend of mine is famous (infamous?) for once dropping her purse only to have several raw potatoes roll out onto the floor—intended for just the sort of emergency one might encounter in a place with a microwave but no food, like an office, for m…

A dear friend of mine is famous (infamous?) for once dropping her purse only to have several raw potatoes roll out onto the floor—intended for just the sort of emergency one might encounter in a place with a microwave but no food, like an office, for many, in "the before times." For those of us without such forethought, the frozen potato offers a glimmer of hope.

This year has seen the frozen sweet potato seize its rightful place in the zeitgeist (the traditional Chinese technique makes sweet potatoes fluffier and more flavorful), but what of other potatoes? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, instead of losing sleep over that bag of potatoes growing eyes and going green on the countertop, or arriving at work only to find your purse short a spud, you could rest easy in the knowledge that they were waiting for you in the freezer? It was a beautiful idea. And so I decided to investigate.

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Vegan Corn Chowder

What is so special about this Vegan Corn Chowder recipe? Everything. It starts with pan-seared corn kernels and deglazed pan, which makes this soup actually oil-free. It is thickened with potatoes and turned creamy with a smooth cashew cream. What&#821…

What is so special about this Vegan Corn Chowder recipe? Everything. It starts with pan-seared corn kernels and deglazed pan, which makes this soup actually oil-free. It is thickened with potatoes and turned creamy with a smooth cashew cream. What’s not to like? We love creamy soups. Try our Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Soup where...

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Lemony Vegan White Bean Soup

Do you feel like having refreshing and warm comfort food? Then try this Vegan White Bean Soup. It is a roux-based veggie-packed soup with a zesty taste. The addition of freshly chopped parsley will complement the lemony flavor perfectly. No fancy ingre…

Do you feel like having refreshing and warm comfort food? Then try this Vegan White Bean Soup. It is a roux-based veggie-packed soup with a zesty taste. The addition of freshly chopped parsley will complement the lemony flavor perfectly. No fancy ingredients or complicated steps to make this light, simple and comforting vegan soup. Are...

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Vegan Breakfast Casserole

Also known as Vegan Egg Casserole is the perfect customizable, make-head, savory breakfast recipe with a quick & easy vegan eggy base, SEVEN veggies like hash browns, bell peppers, green peas, mushrooms, tomatoes and vegan sausage. Prepare it a day…

Also known as Vegan Egg Casserole is the perfect customizable, make-head, savory breakfast recipe with a quick & easy vegan eggy base, SEVEN veggies like hash browns, bell peppers, green peas, mushrooms, tomatoes and vegan sausage. Prepare it a day in advance and serve it hot in the morning. We love savory breakfasts and this...

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Sweet Potato Wedges (Side or Main!)

These roasted sweet potato wedges are a slam dunk! Make ’em baked as a side dish or load them with chili as a tasty dinner. Here’s the recipe you didn’t know you needed: how to make the absolute best roasted Sweet Potato Wedges! Every time we make these, we can’t help but sneak bites off the pan…until they almost disappear before we sit down to a meal. Here’s how to make sweet potato wedges in the oven that are browned, tender and seasoned to perfection! You can serve them as a healthy side dish, or even better: load them with chili for a tasty dinner. Yes, these are 100% required for your regular rotation. Technique for the best sweet potato wedges Here’s how to make the very best baked sweet potato wedges on the planet (we think). You’ll want to make these roasted wedges in a very hot oven: there’s not even a need to stir! Here are our tips: Roast them at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. High heat is best for getting them browned on the outside and tender. Toss with garlic powder and oregano. Sounds overly simple, but this results in the best seasoning. No need to stir! Just […]

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These roasted sweet potato wedges are a slam dunk! Make ’em baked as a side dish or load them with chili as a tasty dinner.

Sweet potato wedges

Here’s the recipe you didn’t know you needed: how to make the absolute best roasted Sweet Potato Wedges! Every time we make these, we can’t help but sneak bites off the pan…until they almost disappear before we sit down to a meal. Here’s how to make sweet potato wedges in the oven that are browned, tender and seasoned to perfection! You can serve them as a healthy side dish, or even better: load them with chili for a tasty dinner. Yes, these are 100% required for your regular rotation.

Technique for the best sweet potato wedges

Here’s how to make the very best baked sweet potato wedges on the planet (we think). You’ll want to make these roasted wedges in a very hot oven: there’s not even a need to stir! Here are our tips:

  • Roast them at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. High heat is best for getting them browned on the outside and tender.
  • Toss with garlic powder and oregano. Sounds overly simple, but this results in the best seasoning.
  • No need to stir! Just throw them in and cook until tender. This makes for maximum caramelization.
Roasted sweet potato wedges

How to cut sweet potato wedges

Often we’ve pondered how to cut sweet potato wedges. When you’re staring at a big lumpy potato on a cutting board, it can seem dauting. Here are a few tips for cutting sweet potato wedges:

  • Use small and medium sized potatoes. You can get some monster sweet potatoes at the grocery. Here it’s better to have small and medium-sized, to get the best wedge shapes. Save the large potatoes for fries instead.
  • Cut them into half-wedges. Even with medium sweet potatoes, cutting them into wedges can result in really large and long shapes. The solution? Cut them in half! This makes for easier pieces to bite and dip: plus you get more of them.
  • Want a video on how to cut wedges? Go to How to Cut Potato Wedges (then cut those in half).

Want crispier wedges? Here’s how to do it

What to expect with this recipe? These roasted sweet potato wedges come out sweet and tender. The base recipe is not crispy. Why? Sweet potatoes have a lot of moisture. When you roast them up, they’ll get caramelized but always very tender. The only way to get sweet potatoes ultra crispy is to use a deep fryer. Or maybe an air fryer…we just don’t have one of those yet! (Interested in that? Let us know.)

Were you looking for crispy baked sweet potato wedges? Great, there’s actually a little trick you can use to make baked sweet potato wedges come out with some crispness to the edges. Toss them with 3 tablespoons cornstarch when you add the spices. It gives just a little crispness, though it’s not like a fried wedge.

Loaded sweet potato wedges

Make it a main dish: loaded sweet potato wedges!

Alright, here’s the cool thing about said sweet potato wedges. Sure, you can serve them as a side dish (yum). But you can also make them into a main dish by adding toppings (double yum!). Here’s what we like to do to make loaded sweet potato wedges:

  • Add chili. Our Quick Chili is perfect for topping these wedges and adds a healthy dose of protein to make it a filling meal.
  • Add black beans. An even easier option: add our Easy Black Beans! They’re so fast to whip up: just 10 minutes.
  • Load with toppings. Then add sliced green onion, sour cream, cheese, and any other amazing ideas you come up with.

Or, serve as a side with dipping sauces!

Of course, these roasted sweet potato wedges are fabulous as a side dish too! Add a tasty dipping sauce to take them over the top. Actually, we’re not huge ketchup fans over here: we like to get a little creative! Here are some top picks:

  • Pesto Aioli Our favorite flavored aioli tastes just like a creamy pesto!
  • Honey Mustard Sweet and tangy, it takes only 1 minute to make.
  • Sour Cream with Ranch Seasoning That’s actually what we did in the photos above, and it was mighty tasty (add kosher salt to taste).
  • Cilantro Sauce or Cilantro Lime Ranch A creamy cilantro sauce is spot on with the sweetness of the potatoes.
Sweet potato wedges oven

Parchment paper helps for cleanup

In most of our roasted vegetables recipes, we call for using parchment paper. Why? It helps make cleanup easy! Use it to line a pan and there’s no risk of anything getting stuck. Parchment paper is silicone coated paper that’s both non-stick and heat resistant. What’s a parchment paper substitute if you don’t have it?

  • Oil your baking sheet. Simply brush it with oil before you roast these wedges.
  • Use a silicon baking mat — but be forewarned. In our experience we’ve found that baking mats and cause roasted vegetables to be less crispy. If you’re going for super crispy, we don’t recommend it. But it should work fine with these roasted sweet potato wedges.

That’s it! We hope you love these as much as we do: let us know in the comments below!

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

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Sweet potato wedges

Sweet Potato Wedges (Perfectly Roasted!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These roasted sweet potato wedges are a slam dunk! Make ’em baked as a side dish or load them with chili as a tasty dinner.


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, small to medium sized (size is important!*)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • To serve as a main dish: 4 cups Quick Chili, sliced green onions, sour cream, and hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the spices and salt together. (Variation: If you want a crispier sweet potato wedge, add 3 tablespoons cornstarch here.) Wash the sweet potatoes, keeping the skins on. Slice the potatoes into short wedges by doing the following: slice each potato in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise. Place each piece cut side down and slice it in half. Then flip them over and cut that piece down the center into two wedges (see this video, but cut them in half). In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the olive oil and spices. 
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes until tender and starting to become crisped and brown (no need to stir). 

Notes

*For wedges it’s best to have small to medium sized sweet potatoes. Large potatoes tend to turn out large and awkward shaped (make those into fries instead!).

  • Category: Side Dish or Main Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sweet potato wedges, Roasted sweet potato wedges, Baked sweet potato wedges

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Tomato Lentil Soup

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a pot of soup simmering away on the stove top when it’s cold and blustery outside. This tomato lentil soup is full of vegetables and herbs for a simple, flavorful, and warming winter soup.

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There’s nothing quite as comforting as a pot of soup simmering away on the stove top when it’s cold and wintry outside. The smell alone warms me from the inside out. This week I was craving a simple vegetable forward soup, so I whipped up this really easy Tomato Lentil Soup. I’ve been enjoying the leftovers for days, sometimes with a grilled cheese on the side. :)

Tomato lentil soup in the pot with bread and vegetables on the sides
Garnished with a little fresh parsley for visual appeal.

What Does Tomato Lentil Soup Taste Like?

This soup kind of tastes like a traditional vegetable soup, but with a slightly more tomato-y broth, plus a little earthiness from the lentils. It’s super hearty and comforting, which is exactly what I love about a good bowl of soup in the winter!

What Kind of Lentils Should I Use?

Lentils can be confusing, especially since there isn’t a lot of consistency in labeling in the United States. I used a basic brown lentil, which has a drab brown-olive color and cooks with about 20 minutes of simmering. Sometimes these lentils are labeled “green lentils” sometimes just “lentils” so to be sure you have the right kind, check the cooking instructions on the package. It should say to simmer for about 20 minutes, not 45 minutes.

I do not suggest using a red, orange, or yellow lentil for this soup because they break down too easily and you’ll end up with something more along the lines of a lentil porridge than a lentil soup. :) (It would probably still taste good, though!)

How are the Leftovers?

One of the reasons I love soup is because they almost always make great leftovers, and this soup is no exception. The leftovers will stay good in the fridge for about 4-5 days, or you can freeze it for longer storage. I always suggest dividing the soup into single portions just after cooking so it cools down more quickly in the refrigerator, which will give you more longevity with the leftovers. Once cooled you can transfer some to the freezer for later!

A bowl of tomato lentil sup with bread on the side
A bowl of tomato lentil sup with bread on the side

Tomato Lentil Soup

This tomato lentil soup is full of vegetables and herbs for a simple, flavorful, and warming winter soup. Makes great leftovers!
Total Cost $4.74 recipe / $0.79 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 279.58kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 3 carrots $0.42
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 russet potato (about 1 lb.) $0.60
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste $0.10
  • 2 15oz. cans stewed tomatoes $1.18
  • 1 cup brown lentils $0.67
  • ½ tsp paprika $0.10
  • ½ tsp dried basil $0.10
  • ½ tsp dried oregano $0.10
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.03
  • 4 cups vegetable broth $0.52
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.12

Instructions

  • Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the carrots (I like smaller pieces for this recipe, so I do a quarter round slice). Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and olive oil to a large soup pot and sauté over medium heat until the oniosn are soft. While the vegetables are cooking, peel and dice the potato into ½-inch cubes.
  • Add the tomato paste and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the tomato paste begins to coat the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the cubed potato, stewed tomatoes (with juices), paprika, basil, oregano, pepper, and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Place a lid on top and allow the soup to come up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the soup simmer for about 40 minutes or until the lentils are super tender and have begun to break down slightly (this helps thicken the soup).
  • Add the soy sauce to the soup, then give it a taste and adjust the salt if needed (the total amount will depend on the salt content of your vegetable broth). Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 279.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.58g | Protein: 12.17g | Fat: 5.65g | Sodium: 1148.67mg | Fiber: 7.48g
Close up side view of tomato lentil soup in the pot

How to Make Tomato Lentil Soup – Step by Step Photos

Onions carrots and garlic in a soup pot

Dice one onion, mince two cloves of garlic, and slice three carrots. I like to do smaller pieces of carrot for this soup, so I cut the slices into quarter rounds. Add the onion, carrot, and garlic to a large soup pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Sauté over medium until the onions are soft. While the carrot and onion are sautéing, peel and dice one russet potato into ½-inch cubes.

Tomato paste added to the soup pot

Add 2 Tbsp tomato paste and continue to sauté for a few more minutes, or until the tomato paste begins to coat the bottom of the pot.

Potatoes, lentils, tomatoes, seasoning, and broth added to the pot

Add the cubed potato, two 15oz. cans of stewed tomatoes (with juices), 1 cup lentils (not cooked), ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp pepper, and 4 cups vegetable broth.

Soup in the pot before simmering

Stir everything to combine. Place a lid on top and bring the soup up to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the lentils are very soft and have begun to break down a bit.

Finished tomato lentil soup

After simmering the soup, stir in 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Taste the soup and adjust the salt if needed (this will depend on the salt content of your broth. I did not add any in addition to the soy sauce).

front view of a bowl full of tomato lentil soup

Serve hot with some crusty bread for dipping! (I garnished with a little parsley for color, but it’s not needed to flavor this soup.)

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