5 from 4 votes
Red Lentil and Quinoa Soup Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 
Healthy and Delicious can co-exist in this hearty vegetable soup
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Latin American, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Tony Bailey
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup Celery finely chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot finely chopped
  • 1 cup Red Bell Pepper finely chopped
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes rinsed
  • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 4 cups Flavorful Stock
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Chopped Spinach
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Achiote Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Aji Pepper optional
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, cook the onion, celery, carrot and red pepper in the olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes until clear and softened
  2. Boil 1 cup of the water and use it to dissolve the achiote paste, aji paste & the tomato paste. Both the tomato and achiote pastes are notorious for clumping in your soup if they aren't thoroughly dissolved before introducing.
  3. Add this mixture, along with the remaining water, stock, tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro to the pot
  4. Bring this to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the lentils, quinoa, spinach and bay leaves
  5. Cook for 1 hour, or until the lentils and quinoa are cooked thoroughly
  6. Remove the bay leaves, serve into bowls and garnish with the remaining cilantro