Looking for an easy meal to feed the whole family? Are you also sometimes stumped on what to make for lent or meat-free weekdays? This super easy Gluten Free Lentil Soup will be a family favourite in no time! Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this dish, it’s very much the tastiest soup you could make and in practically no effort.
The best part about this dish is that it is one pot (mess free), gluten free, makes left-overs (hello, the only reason I cook is for left-overs haha), and only uses 3 ingredients which you already most likely have in your pantry.
There’s a simple trick you need to learn when caramelizing the onions to perfect this dish and I’ll show you how below!
Gluten Free Lentil Soup
Once I show you how easy this gluten free soup is, you will be amazed and will add this to your staple family recipes for any season!
This dish is super easy to prep and make. All the ingredients will most likely be in your pantry or in your fridge!
Do you store brown onions in your fridge? I do, and mostly because the kitchen gets so much sun that it literally kills all my potatoes and onions which used to live out in a basket.
This tasty recipe will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days too! So no meat in it that will make you question how long it can keep for.
How hard is this soup to make?
If you have a wonderful recipe, soup may be a hearty and satisfying supper. The soup, in my opinion, is a fantastic method to include nutritious ingredients in our family’s meals without the kids noticing!
I enjoy sneaking in vegetables that the kids might normally refuse to eat, such as pureed or diced vegetables. A mum win, in my opinion!
This soup however only involves few ingredients for those who are in a hurry (like us teachers) and workaholic parents.
This soup is one of the easiest soups to make and once you perfect the onions, you’re pretty much done.
Make it a Meal:
We love to meal plan in our house so that everyone knows what to expect for the next week of meals. I normally do this on Sundays. If you’re worried about learning how to meal plan, don’t be! Meal planning is a simple way to showcase the meals so that everyone knows what to expect.
Vegetable Side: steamed veggies
Starch Side: butter on gluten free toast
Refreshing Drink: orange juice (freshly squeezed)
Also, it can be eaten cold or warm, I personally like to eat this dish warm.
How to caramelize the onions
This dish incorporates caramelized onions and these are essential to bring out the flavors in this soup.
The lentils, when cooked for a longer period of time create a full bodied soup rather than a watery one. Who likes watery soups? – no one! 😉
Dice up the onions, be sure they aren’t too big or too small.
Onions caramelised till yellow, now here’s where it gets tricky, be sure they start to get more brown on the edges.
When they are brown and mostly brown but not black that’s when they’re ready.
Add 1 cup of lentils to 6 cups water.
Then add 1.5 cups dried pasta after lentils cook for 30 – 35 mins.
I like to minimize the pasta sometimes so I add less than that sometimes.
Gluten Free Lentil Soup
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- 2 large brown onions finely diced
- 2 tbls olive oil
- 1 cup lentils
- 3/4 cup gluten free pasta (any small shell pasta)
- Salt to taste
1. In your pot, saute the onions till they are brown (more brown than black)
2. This is an important step since the flavour from the caramelised onions is what you need in this recipe.
3. Be sure to soak your lentils for at least an hour before cooking. Place them into the pot along with the water.
4. bring to boil then lower the heat and cook on low for an additional 30-40 mins.
5. Place the pasta into the slow cooker after checking the lentils, then cover and cook for another half hour or until pasta is cooked. I use gluten free pasta and it needs a little more cook time.
6. Season with salt to taste.