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How to Make Garlic Lentil Soup

Updated on November 17, 2009

Last night I was listening to My Life in France an autobiography by Julia Child, published in 2006, It was compiled by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme.

Child had just finished making garlic soup, garlic being high on my list of must have in the kitchen always items, and it reminded my of a recipe my maternal grandmother had given me many years ago. A garlic-lentil soup recipe which, as I remembered it was delicious and an ideal winter food. Also, it is an excellent food for anyone who has or feels as though they are getting a cold. It warms and nourishes.

So this morning after my wife left for the office and I checked my morning email, I decided it was time to make it. Naturally, the ingredients were on hand lentils being another important food to keep handy.



  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 garlic gloves very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon  taomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cayenne pepepr to taste
  • 1 quart vegetable soup stock or chciken stock
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Red lentsils
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice



1-    Soak lentils overnight, unless using canned

2-    In a large pot, heat oil over high heat until hot and shimmering.

3-     Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.

4-     Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper, and chili powder or cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.

5-    Add broth, water, lentils.

6-    Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low.

7-    Simmer until lentils are soft, about one hour.

8-    Add carrots

9-    Taste and add salt if necessary.

10- Puree half the soup then add it back to pot.

11- Soup should be somewhat chunky. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro.

1 Serving = 1 cup

You can make extra and freeze some in an airtight container so that you will have a delicious and comforting soup handy when Life calls for it, which during cold and flu season can be all too often.

By the way if you enjoy food and cooking I suggest you get My Life In France, either the book or the audiotape, you could borrow it from your public library, it is a fun read, Child lived during some very interesting times and her passion for food and food preparation comes through.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • rebekahELLE profile image


    8 years ago from Tampa Bay

    this sounds delicious! I love lentils and garlic, will try this out soon, we're having a cold front move through sunny florida. :))

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    one day a cookbook may be. thanks for dropping by.

  • Jerilee Wei profile image

    Jerilee Wei 

    8 years ago from United States

    Sounds like another winning recipe that I just have to try. Sure wish you'd write a cookbook.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

  • milleredkarla profile image


    8 years ago

    I love Lentil Soup, and I put garlic on almost everything. Other than warding off vampires, it kind of makes the misses go the other way also. But this sounds like a Great Recipe. Will give it a try. Thanks, Bob

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Let us know what you think and thanks for dropping by.

  • Katherine Baldwin profile image

    Katherine Baldwin 

    9 years ago from South Carolina

    This recipe looks wonderful. Soups are one of our favorite dishes and garlic is used in almost all of our dishes. I even throw in a dash of garlic salt instead of regular salt into our scrambled eggs. Will try this recipe this week. Thanks.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    I love soups and this sounds great. Thank you for sharing.


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