Seriously Good Lentil + Spinach Soup

Even though the highs are still in the mid-80's here this week I'm fully embracing Fall now that October is here.I may be biased, but I'm pretty sure this is the greatest month of the year.

I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that my  birthday is coming up!

I came across this recipe a year ago and when I tried to find it online to make it this past weekend I had a momentary panic attack when it was nowhere to be found. I knew I pulled it from but I looked at every spinach lentil soup they had and I didn't recognize any! Luckily  I remembered I printed it out and had it stashed in my recipe binder.

After some more research I found the original recipe on Allrecipes but it had been altered to include meat and a few new ingredients. Weird! In any case, I can't link to it since it doesn't exist so I'll share it here and give a huge public thank you to the recipe author on my printed version: Sally Peters!


  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 jar of salsa (16 0z)
  • 1.25 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package fresh spinach torn (10 oz).
  • In  large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add the water, salsa, lentils and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach; simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.
As made a 1.5 cup serving has only 150 calories and 10 grams of protein. It makes about 7.5 cups (sometimes I add a little bit more carrots and spinach to bulk it up).
I've been eating it daily since I made it Saturday. This was actually the first thing I made for Matt and I when we started dating. I knew he was a keeper when he didn't shy away from such a healthy sounding soup :)
If anyone has any lentil based recipes please share!