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Hearty Two-Lentil Soup With Mushrooms

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  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 grinds pink salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1/4 cup small red lentils
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 package crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • Optional — 1 cup cooked noodles of choice


  • Preheat a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion in extra virgin olive oil with a grind of pink salt for about one minute.
  • Add garlic, cumin, pepper and salt and saute for another minute.
  • Add green lentils, bay leaves and vegetable broth. Cover the pot and bring to a boil (you’ll want to remain around medium heat but still a rolling boil. Make sure the heat’s not up to the boil-over range!) Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes, until the lentils have softened a bit.
  • Lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 5 more minutes.
  • Add red lentils, carrots and mushrooms. Continue simmering. The soup will be done in 5-10 mins so check carrots and lentils for doneness after 5 minutes. The red lentils should fall apart, but the green ones should just soften.
  • Add nutritional yeast, stir and if you have the patience, let the soup sit for about 10 minutes for flavor-melding potential. But if that aroma has you drooling, dig right in!

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Partha Nandi

Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P is the creator and host of the medical lifestyle television show, “The Dr. Nandi Show”.

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