Green Lentil “Gumbo” Soup is a hearty and flavorful dish that puts a nutritious twist on the classic Southern gumbo. This version incorporates green lentils, which add a rich texture and protein boost, making it an excellent vegetarian alternative. Packed with vegetables and bold spices, it’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a filling and comforting meal.


  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the paprika, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add the green lentils to the pot. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 210
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Protein: 12g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes


  • Serves: 6 people

Green Lentil “Gumbo” Soup is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, making it a fantastic meal option for health-conscious individuals. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of traditional gumbo in a vegetarian form. Enjoy this comforting soup any time you crave something hearty and warming.

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