Lentil Soup

Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

The Recipe:


2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups dried lentils
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garnish: lemon wedges, celery leaves
Optional: Add parsley, cilantro, or thyme to the mixture.


Saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in hot olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Sort and remove any debris from lentils; rinse under cold running water. Add lentils and broth to vegetable mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. (If you use red lentils, reduce cooking time to 5 minutes, or cook just until lentils are tender.) Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon wedges and celery leaves.



The Scoop on Lentils

The lentil, a cousin of the bean, is part of the legume family. Like beans, lentils are high in nutrients, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and folic acid.

Lentils come in several varieties. The French or European lentil, which is slightly larger, is sold with the seed coat on and has a grayish-brown exterior and a creamy-yellow interior. These are commonly sold in supermarkets. The reddish-orange Egyptian lentil is smaller, rounder, and has no seed coat; therefore, these cook in less time and add color as well as nutrition. Red lentils are often found in gourmet, Middle Eastern, or East Indian markets.

Lentils should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Do not store in the refrigerator.


about 6 cups

Preparation Time

10 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes

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Lentil Soup

This is a great dish. Added ham to it and two tablespoons of instant tapioca for thickening. And, I used 64oz of vegetable stock rather than 48oz just to thin it out a bit. Served it with some nice bread and white wine. And lots of leftovers!


I do a similar chicken soup with 3/4 cup each, lentils, barley, black eye peas, 1/2 chicken breast, and bay leaves or summer savory. Enjoy!