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Table Set with a Bowl of Lentil Soup, Blue Pot and Water Glass
Classic Lentil Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This lentil soup is packed with savory flavor and guaranteed to warm you up! Hearty enough to make a meal of and easy enough for a weeknight.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french lentil recipe, vegan soup recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium celery stalks, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried brown lentils
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (14 ounce or 400 ml) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, carrots and celery. Sweat the veggies for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until they begin to soften up.

  3. Add the garlic and cook it with the veggies for about 1 minute, until very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the broth, lentils, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil.

  5. Lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are almost fully cooked but just a bit on the firm side. You can add water while the soup simmers if it becomes too dry.

  6. Stir in the tomatoes and let the soup continue simmering for 5 to 10 minutes, until the lentils are tender.

  7. Remove the pot from heat and remove the bay leaf. Stir in the vinegar and season the soup with salt to taste.

  8. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.6g9%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Sodium 423mg18%
Potassium 878mg25%
Carbohydrates 49.8g17%
Fiber 21.6g86%
Sugar 5.7g6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 31mg172%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.