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Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

This easy lentil soup recipe will have dinner on the table with little effort. If you are a soup lover like me, you’ll want to save this easy recipe for those evenings when a bowl of soup makes the perfect supper.

easy lentil soup recipe in bowls with spoons in background
This easy lentil soup is perfect for beginner cooks and for those of us who are “seasoned” as well

Lentil soup is a classic for a reason. It is an easy soup to make, it requires a bit of chopping and not much else. It’s full of vegetables and it is delicious. This soup is filling and satisfying, but does not leave you feeling heavy.

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easy lentil soup recipe

overhead view of easy lentil soup recipe in bowls with dried lentils
look at all of those delicious veggies in this soup

There are some soups that take all day to prepare. They need to simmer for hours or it’s a complicated endeavor that takes the better part of an afternoon.  This isn’t one of those soups.

Lentil soup is ready in about 45 minutes from start to finish and most of that time is hands off. Which means you are free to get into your comfy clothes and relax for a bit while the soup is on the stove.

easy lentil soup

To make this even easier, chop your vegetables the evening before. When you are ready to make your lentil soup, it is simply a matter of adding ingredients to the pot. It may not seem like much, but those precious few minutes will be a great reward on weeknights when you are short on time and energy.

I often save the task of peeling and chopping vegetables for the weekend when I’m not as rushed. Having those vegetables ready to use during the work week is a big help when I need to get dinner ready quickly.

can I make this in a slow cooker?

Yes! I have a slow cooker lentil soup with ham that you might like if you’re looking for a slow cooker recipe.

If you want to make this recipe in the slow cooker, I suggest adding the lentils when the carrots are almost cooked through. Carrots will take longer than any of the other vegetables, so if they are nearly soft, it’s safe to add the lentils.

The spinach still gets added last, just to wilt at the end. You’ll need a medium to large slow cooker to make this easy lentil soup recipe. If your slow cooker is on the smaller side, cut the recipe in half.

how do i make soup?

Making soup is easy. It really is. If you are a beginner cook, it might take you a few tries to find your soup-making mojo. But once you have, nothing can stop you.

The first and most important bit of info in making soups is this: mirepoix. This is a fancy term for onions, celery and carrots. These three things make up the base for many soups. We’re talking almost everything. If you have these three ingredients, the soup world is your oyster.

Chicken noodle starts here as does beef barley and minestrone, just to name a few.  Once you get your “soup legs”, if you have these three ingredients and a bit of stock, you can turn almost anything into soup.  This is when you can get really creative and start using up bits of vegetables in the fridge.

close up of lentil soup in bowl

Homemade Lentil Soup

It’s so satisfying to make a big batch of soup and tuck it away in the freezer for days when you need a quick dinner. I do this often, but sometimes I have no more room in my freezer.

This is also the perfect opportunity to do something nice for a friend or neighbor, especially one who might be under the weather. A gift of homemade soup is always appreciated and it’s never the wrong size or color.

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Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

Cheryl Bennett
An easy lentil soup recipe that is full of vegetables and so delicious.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup and Stew Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 187 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups lentils rinsed (do not soak)
  • 2 stalks celery small dice
  • 3 carrots medium, peeled and cut in small dice
  • 1 yellow onion large, cut in small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 can diced tomato with juice
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium-large stock pot, heat oil until barely shimmering.  Add onion, celery and carrots.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat until starting to soften, 5 - 10 minutes.  
  • Add garlic and cook another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add tomatoes and their juice, cook 2 - 3 minutes then add stock, bay leaves, thyme and lentils.  Season again with salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust if necessary, adding more salt and/or pepper if needed.  
  • Stir to combine, cover and simmer until lentils are beginning to soften, about 20 minutes.
  • Add baby spinach and stir in to wilt.  


Serving: 1gCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 576mgFiber: 9gSugar: 11g
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  1. Excited I have all these ingredients and plan to make this in my Instapot tonight. I will have to do a little research on how long to pressure cook. Yummers!!!

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