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Try this simple lentil soup

December 15, 2019

lentil soup made with tomatoes in bowl on dark wood table

Are you including homemade lentil soups in the list of possible options when you’re thinking what to make for lunches or dinners?  There are many reasons why you should be!

Quick and easy to make

Since dried lentils cook far quicker than most beans and legumes, a homemade lentil soup can work even in the busiest of households.  What I love about this type of soup that while it can be made in a slow cooker or an Instapot (also known as an instant pot), it can be made very quickly and easily on your stove.  (Yes, there are days when I too am simply too busy to get my slow cooker going!)

Good in so many ways

Am I a fan of lentils and lentil soups? Absolutely!  I covered in another post why lentils are good for your health, the planet, and your wallet in another post.  Besides those reasons, I love a good homemade lentil soup because it’s so versatile.

I’ve given you a simple recipe below, but don’t stop there!  There are so many variations you can make simply by changing or adding one or more ingredients.

To be honest, in my house I always start with the basics (lentils and some type of liquid) and then it goes from there depending on what I have on hand and who I’m making it for.  The vegetables and spices vary. Sometimes I’ll use a broth or stock instead of water.  Sometimes my husband will convince me to add a little bit of meat such as locally smoked bacon.  Sometimes I decrease the liquid to make it more of a stew.

Freezer friendly

One of my top tips for how to eat healthy when you’re busy to build your stash!  The homemade lentil soup below freezes beautifully and keeps its quality for several months.  That means after a long day you can come home and quickly defrost and heat a nutritious meal for far less than you’d spend on takeout, a frozen meal, or something from a bag, box or can.

If you freeze your soup in single portions, you could also take it with you for a healthy lunch.  Imagine being able to open your freezer, grab your soup and know that a good portion of your lunch is already figured out.  Wouldn’t that make your evening or morning easier?!

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lentil soup made with tomatoes in bowl on dark wood table

Savory lentil soup

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Course: vegetarian
Cuisine: vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 1 cup servings
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Lisa Garcia, MS, RDN, LD


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced small
  • 2 stalks celery diced small
  • 3 large carrots sliced thin
  • 1 cup tomato sauce of your choice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups dry lentils about one pound


  • Heat oil in large pot on medium high heat.
  • Add onions and celery and sautee for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  • Add carrots, sauce, water, and lentils.
  • Cover and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.


The taste of your soup will vary depending on which spaghetti sauce you used. You may want to add garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, or your favorite hot sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Fiber: 7g



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