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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is a classic recipe when you're looking for a bowl of warm comfort. Made with simple and bright spices, loaded with veggies, and finished off with lemon juice, this easy restaurant quality soup will be a favorite for your whole family.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentil soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 270kcal


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups dry lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 bay leaves dried
  • 14 ounce crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch Oven or a soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until aromatic.
  • Add the coriander, turmeric, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and stir. Add the lentils, broth, bay leaves and crushed tomatoes. Stir everything together. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, until the lentils are soft and tender.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the lemon juice. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Garnish with parsley or green onions and serve.


  1. Make sure the soup has cooled down to room temperature before storing. Store directly in the pot, or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Your leftovers will last 3-4 days refrigerated.
  2. Reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat. If you find that the soup has thickened too much, you can add a splash of broth or water.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1438mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2994IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg