This veggie-packed soup serves double duty: Eat 3 cups for dinner tonight, and save the remaining 2 cups for breakfast the next day. If you’d like a little heat, you can add a pinch of crushed red pepper.

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins
Serves 1 (serving size: 3 cups [with 2 cups leftovers])


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, and swirl to coat. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and eggplant; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add 2 1/2 cups water, lentils, and bay leaves. Bring mixture to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are almost tender, about 22 minutes.

  • Stir in zucchini, salt, and black pepper; cook until lentils are tender and zucchini is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Ladle 3 cups soup into a large bowl, and top with sliced scallion greens. (Reserve remaining 2 cups soup for tomorrow's breakfast.)

Nutrition Facts

392 calories; fat 10g; saturated fat 1g; protein 19g; carbohydrates 61g; fiber 13g; sugars 14g; sodium 783mg.