Lentil soup with pita bread in a ceramic white bowl on a wooden background
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Simple & Healthy Lentil Soup Recipe

The healthiest way to add the phytochemical-rich lentils to your diet is through the delicious lentil soup. Let us take a look at how to make it. 


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 pound lentils rinsed
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground


  • The first thing you need to do is put olive oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add onions, carrots, celery, and salt to it and let is sweat till the onions become translucent. This should take about 6-7 minutes. Now, add tomatoes to the mix and stir for two minutes. 
  • The moment your mixture starts becoming thick, add lentils, broth, coriander, cumin, and black pepper to it. At this point, you can increase the heat to high to bring the lentils to a boil. 
  • Once, the lentils have been boiled, reduce the heat to low and let it cook on simmer, till you see the lentils become soft. This should take approximately half an hour to 40 minutes. 
  • All you need to do now is use a hand blender to puree the lentils as per your preference and then serve hot.


You can skip past the blending step if you do not mind the thickness of lentils. You can also have it with rice or bread if you are having only soup for a meal, it will make the experience more wholesome. Try adding fresh coriander to your lentil soup recipe for an additional taste.