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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vegan Lentil Soup + 50th Post

This is our 50th blog post and we'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for joining us on our culinary adventures – stick with us for many more!

I'd never tried lentils before, but when I saw them at Earthfare I knew it was time to finally give these little seeds a chance. I adapted this Italian style lentil soup into a vegan dish by substituting Rotel for the spicy sausage the recipe normally calls for. This soup was one of our favorite new recipes from the vegan challenge. It's a hearty dish packed full of flavor with just the right amount of kick.

We loved this soup so much we even made a special batch to share with our friends at Nerd Lunch.

  • 1/4 lb orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp)
  • 4 or 5 medium carrots, pealed and chopped
  • 4 or 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can mild Rotel
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbs basil
  • 1tsp parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions become transparent.
  3. Add celery and carrots, stirring for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add vegetable broth, Rotel, orzo, lentils, and spices.
  5. Bring to a low boil and cover, simmering 20-30 minutes, or until lentils are soft.


  1. Thanks for joining us on "Nerd Lunch: The Web Series." We had fun and I heartily recommend that all your readers make this soup.

    Congrats on 50 posts! Looking forward to more.


  2. Hi! Caught you guys on Nerd Lunch. That recipe looks good; we're going to try it. I love lentils and know from experience they are great!
    Keep up the good work...we'll be back for more goodies from WTF.

  3. Definitely gonna try it. Loved watching you guys on Nerd Lunch!



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