Vegan Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

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Look no further than this vegan lentil butternut squash soup recipe if you’re looking for a hearty, healthy soup to keep you warm during cooler months.

This satisfying plant-based soup is made from dry lentils, butternut squash, celery, carrots and bell peppers. I added onions, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon to season the soup.

 

vegan soup with vegetables in a bowl with a spoon

 

The fresh parsley and apple cider vinegar tie everything together and add freshness and a zesty flavour. I can’t tell you just how delicious this lentil butternut squash soup is.  

You can also make this naturally gluten-free soup in advance. The soup’s flavour is even better the next day or the day after. And this soup will keep up to five days in the refrigerator.

 

lentils in a measuring cup

 

What are lentils?

Lentils are a type of legume that are small, disk-shaped, and have a variety of colours, including green, brown, red, and black. They are often cooked in soups, stews, and curries and are highly nutritious.

Are lentils good for weight loss?

The answer is YES! They are low in calories and a great dietary fiber and protein source. They will fill you up without adding extra calories to your meals.

Lentils are generally also lower in carbs than other legumes. For example, half a cup of cooked lentils has only 12 grams of net carbs. 

Butternut squash is another excellent ingredient in this soup for weight loss. It has only about 7 grams of net carbs per half a cup of cubed squash and only 23 calories.

Everything you need to know about lentils

Lentils are a type of legume that is often used in soups and stews. They come in many colours, but the brown lentil is the most common type.

Lentils are relatively easy to cook and only need to be simmered in water for about 20 minutes. You can also add them to other dishes such as rice or salads, like this Immune Boosting Lentil Salad.

Lentils can be a great addition to a plant-based diet, as they are a good source of protein, fiber and iron. To get inspired, check our complete list of gluten-free lentil recipes.

 

sliced butternut squash

 

Why add butternut squash to lentil soup

There are a few reasons why adding butternut squash to lentil soup is a great idea. First, the squash adds a lovely sweetness and depth of flavour to the soup. 

Additionally, the squash provides a good source of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium.

Finally, the squash helps to thicken the soup, making it even more filling and satisfying.

 

lentil butternut squash soup in a bowl with a spoon, vegan

 

Why are vegan soups so tasty?

There are a few reasons why vegan soups are so tasty. However, the main reason is that the soups are made with various vegetables, which add many flavours and textures.

Also, vegan soups are made with fresh herbs, spices, and sometimes fresh lemon juice, lime juice, or apple cider vinegar.

And for creaminess, they are often made with rich coconut milk, another flavour to add when making a plant-based soup.  

Where does lentil soup originate from?

Lentil soup is a dish that has been around for centuries. It is believed to have originated in the Middle East and has been a staple in many cultures ever since.

 

vegan lentil soup in a white bowl

 

lentil soup is a budget-friendly recipe

Lentils are a budget-friendly ingredient, and this vegan lentil soup is no exception. This soup is delicious and nutritious and is packed with healthy ingredients like lentils, butternut squash, celery, and carrots. 

How to cook lentils?

Lentils are a type of pulse, or legume, which are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. They are typically small and round.

There are many different types of lentils, which can be divided into categories: red/yellow, brown and green lentils.

 Red/yellow/brown lentils are often used in Indian and Pakistani dishes, while green lentils are more common in French and Italian cuisine.

So, there you have it! This vegan lentil butternut squash soup is an excellent addition to a plant-based diet and great for keeping a healthy weight. 

I hope you enjoy this soup, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup whole dried lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium size yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • ½ tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups GF vegetable broth + 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash (about 3/4-inch in size)
  • Sea salt and GF black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
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    Instructions

  • Soak lentils in hot water for 1 hour, then drain
  • In a large soup pot over medium-low heat sauté onions in coconut oil until translucent. About 5 minutes
  • Stir in celery, carrots, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute
  • Add broth, water, and butternut squash and season with salt and pepper. Simmer covered for 30 – 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender
  • Remove from the heat, and stir in apple cider vinegar and parsley. Enjoy!
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    2 Responses to Vegan Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

    • Jennny September 4, 2017

      Award winning vegan soup!!

    • Jonathan August 7, 2022

      filling and tasty vibrant lentil soup, I love the idea of the apple cider vinegar

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