Curried Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup!

Today I was looking for a light, healthy dinner – and I thought soup would be the perfect option! I came across this recipe on a website about a year ago (I can’t remember which one!) and decided to try it tonight. It turned out to be an excellent meal – super flavorful with lots of healthy ingredients. I served it with toasted whole wheat pitas, and made a few minor modifications which are included below – hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion , diced
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch (1-pound) Swiss chard , tough stalks removed, coarsely chopped (This ended up being about 4 large swiss chard leaves)
  • 2 cups (about 14 ounces) dried red lentils (I used Trader Joe’s steamed lentils – they are already pre-cooked and make for faster cooking time!)
  • 1 can (15-ounce) chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons thick Greek yogurt , thinned with 2 tablespoons water (I like Fage 0% Nonfat Greek Yogurt)
  • 1 red or green jalapeño chili , stemmed and thinly sliced (I didn’t end up using this ingredient)
  • 1 lime , cut into 6 wedges

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in curry and red pepper. Add 4 cups broth and chard; increase heat and bring to a boil, stirring until chard is wilted.
  2. Stir in lentils and chickpeas. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 16 to 18 minutes, stirring twice, until chickpeas are tender.
  3. Remove from heat. Using a hand blender, puree the soup until it is mostly creamy. (Another option is to puree half the soup (about 4 cups) in a blender or food processor; return puree to pot). Stir in salt, and warm over low heat 2 minutes.
  4. Divide soup among 6 bowls. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon thinned yogurt over each serving. Garnish with a few slices of jalapeño (optional) and a lime wedge. Serve with hot toasted whole wheat pitas to dip in the soup!

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Curried Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup!

  1. This looks fantastic! Simple and delicious~ nice photos as well!

  2. This sounds so savory!

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  4. I am intrigued by the swiss chard in the soup- sounds very tasty!

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