I have made this soup many times over the years, and slightly different every time, depending on what I had in my pantry and fridge. I will never forget, when I had my first baby, the hospital gave me a bag of lentils! At the time, I didn’t think much of it, and I really just wanted something like a donut or a granola bar. It was only later that I realized how useful lentils can be in your diet.
This soup is so healthy for you! It is a good mix of lentils and veggies, and you can use your favorite veggies.
The amounts in this recipe are approximate, as this is a very forgiving dish as far as ratios. I listed what I used the last time I made this recipe.
Green lentils (14 oz bag)
Seasonings (optional) such as hot pepper flakes, celery seed, turmeric, etc.
Veggies such as:
~ garlic (I used about 6 cloves)
~ carrots (I used two large carrots)
~ celery (I used about 1/2 of a celery heart)
~ kale (a large handful, deveined and chopped)
Make sure you have a pot that is large enough to accommodate at least 6 cups of liquid.
Chop your veggies and saute in olive oil. ** Note that for greens like kale or spinach, do not add these until the very end.
You don’t want to burn any veggies, especially something like the garlic. Saute enough to soften the veggies. Things like the onion will start to look a little translucent, and I prefer not to cook them too much, as they start to caramelize and become too sweet for me.
Add about 5 cups broth and your rinsed lentils. Adjust your broth to taste. My favorite vegetarian bullion is Better Than Bullion. It has a great flavor and you can adjust the strength as needed.
I also like to add in a sprinkle of turmeric, for health benefits, and some hot pepper, for heat.
Cook until the lentils are soft. The packaging for my green lentils recommended about an hour. I left the lentils a touch al dente since I knew they would cook a little longer just from residual heat, and that I would be saving leftovers.
You may want to add in some more liquid/broth as needed. This really depends on how many veggies you put in your soup, and your personal preferences as far as ratio.
Add in your greens last.
I chop up kale or add in baby spinach, giving it a few minutes to wilt down. We have even filled up soup bowls and added fresh spinach on top, which wilts down in the time it takes for the bowl to cool down enough to eat.
MilayaMay 5, 2020
We have been having a lot of rainy days, I can’t wait to try the soup!
Shayla MarieMay 5, 2020
Mmm, this looks so good. I think I’ll make this recipe today. I’ve been craving split pea soup lately.
Fatima TorresMay 5, 2020
Oh wow, I haven’t made lentil soup in forever. I remember eating it often as a kid.
SarahMay 5, 2020
My parents always made lentil stew and it is good.
SurabhiMay 6, 2020
Looks so yummy! And lucid too..worth a try
Deb B.May 6, 2020
This looks SO delicious and so healthy. My husband and I have been talking about how we want to attempt more meatless meals just to change things around. Also we know it’s so good for us overall. I’ll definitely try this one out. We have all the ingredients on hand too!
AshleyMay 6, 2020
This looks so good, do you think it could be made for instant pot?
MirandaMay 7, 2020
This looks sooo delicious!
MelissaFebruary 24, 2021
I’m always looking for healthy delicious meals for my family. This looks so good will definitely give it a try.
April KitchensFebruary 24, 2021
Lentil soup is one of my faves! I’m vegan, so lentils are a staple for me. Beautiful recipe.
Sonia SeivwrightFebruary 25, 2021
I love Lentil soup. Never tried the vegetable one though. This will be very tasty for sure.
JessicaJuly 20, 2021
This all looks amazing I absolutely love soups I can’t wait to try them!
BriannaSeptember 9, 2021
Easy to make, healthy and tasty! So many reason to love lentil soup.
AmySeptember 9, 2021
I love lentils and we’re coming out of winter now (I’m in Australia) but still cool so warm soups are still high on the list! Love Better than Bouillon too….. don’t think I can live without this! This recipe was yum! Perfect for a nice and easy lunch.
Brianna MaySeptember 9, 2021
This the perfect soup to prep and eat on during the fall. YUM
AddieSeptember 10, 2021
This soup is so hearty and flavorful! Perfect for a chilly fall or winter night!
ColleenJanuary 26, 2022
This soup is a delicious, nourishing bowl of comfort. The lentils make the vegetable soup so hearty, too. Thanks for the great recipe!
MarcellinaJanuary 27, 2022
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of soup. I agree with you – lentils are so nutritious plus super tasty. This recipe is excellent and packed with lots of veg – delicious!
JessicaJanuary 27, 2022
This soup is so comforting and nourishing! Served alongside a salad it is a meal that you don’t have to feel bad about eating.
AnaiahMarch 30, 2022
Loving how easy this lentil and veggie soup is to make! It’s such an easy dinner idea.
FOODHEALMarch 30, 2022
I’m into soups these days for gut healing and this falls right on time. Thank you.
Amy Liu DongMarch 30, 2022
I have never tried to make this recipe but it looks so easy and delicious. I am going to prepare the ingredients and I will make this for everyone. Thank you!
RobMarch 30, 2022
This soup is really delicious. Best of all, it is easy to throw together.