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Published on June 05, 2020

Classic Vegetable Minestrone with Lentils

Healthy Meals Made Easy

Recipe by Danielle Premo

Once autumn comes around, I crave soups and stews constantly. This recipe has become one of my favorites. A big bowl of this and a nice green salad are perfect meal.

Preparation time: 15 minutes, Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 ½ cups gray-green lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 32 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups gluten-free macaroni shells, cooked (optional)


  1. Heat a large stock pot on medium heat. Add the grapeseed oil, onions, ume plum vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the onions are soft. Then add the celery and carrots and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini and lentils. Stir in, and cover with the soup stock. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are almost cooked through. Then add diced tomatoes, red wine, thyme, oregano, and pepper. Bring to a boil again then reduce to a simmer for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve over the cooked macaroni shells if using pasta.

Serves: 6 to 8

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