This delicious vegetable quinoa soup mix with red lentils is quick and easy to assemble and to cook.
It’s a great addition to the other soup mixes you’ll find on this site – the Garden Vegetable Soup Mix, Bean Soup Mix and Chicken Noodle Soup Mix . I keep a couple of mixes in the pantry for busy nights or weekend lunches when I’m feeling lazy. They’re also great for gift giving or for camping, (put the mix in a plastic bag instead of a jar).
Here’s what the soup looks like after twenty minutes of cooking. Mighty tasty! Just know this, the longer it cooks, the more moisture the quinoa and lentils will soak up meaning your soup will get thicker with less broth.
The Recipe for Vegetable Quinoa Soup Mix
Here’s the recipe followed by some common questions people have.
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup red lentils (do not substitute)
- 1 Tbsp onion soup mix
- 1 cup dehydrated vegetables
- 1/2 Tbsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp thyme
- In small bag combine quinoa and red lentils.
- In small bowl mix remainder of ingredients until well combined.
- Place veggies and herbs in a jar or plastic bag.
- Add quinoa packet to top of ingredients.
- Seal well and label.
- Rinse quinoa and lentils under cold water.
- Add to pot with 6 cups soup stock/broth or 2 bouillon cubes.
- Add remaining veggie/herb mix.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Going Camping? Add 2 bouillon cubes to the package.
- Consider adding 1 cup cooked beans, frozen veggies, leftover tomato sauce, veggies, salsa or meat.
The Benefits of Using Quinoa and Red Lentils
What’s great about this soup mix is that the quinoa and red lentil combo offers a full compliment of amino acids. That means you get a complete protein without any meat. That comes in handy when you’re camping in the back country with no fridge in sight.
Using the quinoa and red lentil combo is also ideal because they’re both quick cooking. In 20 minutes your soup is done! Because of the short cooking time, it’s best not to substitute this recipe with other lentils or beans. The cooking time and consistency will be different.
Can I add More Ingredients?
If you happen to have leftover meat, in particular chicken, turkey, ham or even sausage leftovers, toss ’em into the pot.
And be sure to look in the fridge for leftover veggies, tomato sauce, pizza sauce, cooked beans, salsa and so on; they can be tossed in towards the end of the cooking process as well.
Where can I get Dehydrated Vegetables?
If you dehydrate your own veggies and herbs, this is your chance to use them! Make a custom blend of your favorite herbs and veggies.
If you’re not a dehydrator, no problem, head to your local bulk store for all the ingredients you need. You can get pre-mixed dehydrated veggies.
Why Not Add Bouillon?
There are several options for creating tasty broth or stock when making soup. You can use homemade stock, bouillon powder, bouillon cubes, bouillon paste, canned broth or broth in tetra packs. Because everyone has their own preference on this matter, I leave it up to the soup maker to decide what to use.
That said, if you want this mix to be complete, you can add bouillon cubes or bouillon powder to the jar. Look at the mixing instructions of your bouillon and add whatever amount you would need for 4-6 cups of liquid. When taking this mix camping, I usually add 2 bouillon cubes.
Do you have any other questions? I’d love to hear them. Just drop me a line. And, if you do make this mix, post a photo on Instagram with #getgettys so I can see it and like it!
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