Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentils simple and cheap

For best results always wash and hand sort the lentils before using.

Lentils do not need to be presoaked. They do need rinsing; once they have been rinsed they can be cooked in water or broth.

For best results, use 1 ½ cups of the liquid of your choice per one cup of lentils.

Lentils are a legume and do not take long to cook, 30 minutes will usually do it. It is possible to substitute lentils for pasta as the lentils go great with a tomato sauce.

The recipe for lentil soup below uses crushed tomatoes and this lends a deep and rich flavour to the meal.

Lentil Soup:


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.

You can buy lentils, either dried or canned. I most frequently use the dried red or green lentils depending upon the dish that I am preparing.

However, canned lentils can be usually for making lentil burger for example, or if you are looking for an even faster meal. Rinse canned lentils well before using.

Another plus is that both the cans and dried varieties will store well, are widely available and are not expensive. Stock up when they are on sale.

end result

red lentils. hand sorted and rinsed
red lentils. hand sorted and rinsed
ready to eat with black pepper
ready to eat with black pepper


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Comments 6 comments

Stacie Naczelnik profile image

Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

I love lentils, and they are so easy to make! Thank you for the recipe.

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Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Lentils, my favorite in any shape, style or method.

Your recipe is different from mine. So I will try it this way too. At times it's so hard to come up with dinner for one and not make the same stuff week in and week out.

Thanks for a new recipe.

regards Zsuzsy

Bob Ewing profile image

Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome.

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cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

I also love Lentils they are good for health. I get them from the local Indian store, they have so many varieites, sometimes it is confusing which one is the best.

Maxx 5 years ago


I think I'm doing something wrong when I cook my lentil soup. The way I do it is that I put a 3/4 cup of lentil along with one liter of water in a pan then I add the salt and the spices and I adjust the heat to medium. I leave it cook for 40-45mins. However, every time I do this, I end up with a very think lentil soup not a watery soup like it should be. This is a picture of the soup that I cooked: http://imgur.com/yt1ml .

I am wondering if a blender is just going to fix my problem? Please help :).

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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

A blender, although I have not used one, might help. Do you soak your lentils, if using dry, for 2 hours before using?

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