red lentil vegetable soup in white bowl

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Creamy Split Pea Turmeric & Red Lentil Vegetable Soup

I love a steamy, creamy bowl of comforting soup during winter to make my body feel boosted, energized and healthier. Nothing is better on a cold day than curling up with a warm, filling bowl of soup and this red lentil vegetable soup might become your go-to recipe! It’s a simple, no-fuss recipe that the whole family can enjoy! 

lentil vegetable soup garnished and ready to serve

This soup is like a big, warm healing hug for your entire body.  It is full of good-for-you colorful ingredients.  Soothing vegetable broth, freshly ground black pepper and pungent garlic and onion are perfect for your throat and sinuses this time of year. 

I added turmeric which contains a compound called curcumin that provides antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory effects.  I also added fresh parsley which provides immune-boosting antioxidants and is said to have antibacterial properties as well. All of these healthy flavors work so well together and make a completely satisfying vegetable soup. 

cream and parsley added at the end of cooking

I wanted to make this soup a bit heartier and more like a meal than a typical vegetable soup so I added plant-based protein from split peas and red lentils.  Both are low-calorie, high fiber sources of protein and iron.  Split peas also offer vitamins A and C.  Red lentils provide important minerals such as potassium and folate. 

Both the lentils and split peas cook down and start to disappear into the soup the longer you let it simmer on the stove. They make the soup more creamy, filling and delicious too! 

Organic Imagine vegetable broth makes this soup perfect!

I also bulked the soup up with nutritious vegetables: celery, carrots and tomatoes.  To make the soup creamy but keep it vegan I added a homemade almond cream sauce that couldn’t be easier to make. 

I simply soaked raw slivered almonds in boiling water and then pureed them with fresh water in my high speed blender.  It creates a thick and slightly sweet white cream that pairs perfectly with this soup.  It helps to mellow out all the big flavor it has going on in it.  This is a great vegan cream recipe to keep for making your vegan sauces, soups, and curries extra creamy and delicious. 

soup being stirred with garnishes added

I’m thrilled to be partnering again with my favorite vegetable broth brand, Imagine.  This recipe uses their organic vegetable broth which has a fresh homemade taste and the perfect depth of flavor for this healing soup. 

For years I have been exclusively using their organic vegetable broths for the great flavor and peace of mind. I love knowing it’s a healthy, organic vegetable stock that’s perfect for everyday use. 

I honestly think it is the best tasting broth out there. It is made with real, wholesome, all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free, Kosher Parve, USDA certified Organic and non-GMO Project verified.  I love knowing that there is absolutely nothing artificial in my broth (no preservatives or added MSG). 

It contains only the good stuff from the finest farm-grown organic vegetables and savory herbs and seasonings.  And that is why I think it tastes the best.  I feel good giving this high-quality broth to my family.

creamy vegetable soup with lentils

With the veggies, herbs, legumes and flavor-boosters, this creamy soup really has it all and is perfect to cozy up to this winter.  It will leave you feeling satisfied and healthier.

lentil soup in white bowls ready to be served

Creamy Red Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe

This soup is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free.  If you give this a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your soup creations.

red lentil soup garnished with parsley and vegan cream

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