Lentil Soup is a hearty, nutritious, and comforting dish, perfect for any season. It’s packed with protein-rich lentils, vegetables, and aromatic spices, making it a filling meal that’s both delicious and healthy.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried lentils (green or brown), rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh spinach or kale, roughly chopped
  • Optional: lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the lentils, diced tomatoes (with their juice), and vegetable broth. Add the cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Add the chopped spinach or kale in the last few minutes of cooking, allowing it to wilt in the hot soup.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Serve the soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 210
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 12g

Prep and Cooking Time

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


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Lentil Soup is a wonderfully versatile dish that can be adjusted according to your taste preferences or what you have on hand. It’s a great way to incorporate plant-based protein into your diet and is equally enjoyable on its own or paired with crusty bread or a salad. This soup offers a warm, satisfying meal that’s both easy to make and full of flavor.

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