Lentil soup

Lentil soup

By Food E Fare

Lentil soup is a nutritious and hearty soup made primarily with lentils, a type of legume. Lentils are rich in protein, fiber, and various essential nutrients, making lentil soup a popular and wholesome dish. The soup often includes a variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices, providing a flavorful and satisfying meal. Here's a basic recipe for lentil soup:


  • 1 cup dried lentils (green, brown, or red)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


Rinse the Lentils:

  • Rinse the dried lentils under cold water and pick out any debris. Drain them and set aside.

Sauté Vegetables:

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.

Add Garlic and Spices:

  • Add minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and smoked paprika (if using). Sauté for another minute until the garlic is fragrant and the spices are toasted.

Add Lentils, Tomatoes, and Broth:

  • Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juices), and vegetable or chicken broth to the pot. Stir well to combine.

Bring to a Boil and Simmer:

  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, for about 20-30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender.

Season with Salt and Pepper:

  • Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preferences.


  • Ladle the lentil soup into bowls. Optionally, squeeze fresh lemon juice over each serving for a bright and citrusy flavor.


  • Garnish the soup with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro before serving.

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