28 March 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Delicious 5-Minute Lentil Soup

Lentils are so easy to use and so delicious. They are also really good for you.  This simple soup literally takes about 5 minutes to whip together, and then about an hour to cook. It’s completely vegeterian but just as hearty and fulling as any meat dish! Add a beautiful loaf of fresh crusty bread and you’ve got a perfect meal for a cold March evening.

Delicious 5-Minute Lentil Soup

3 TBSP Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 onion, finely diced
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup dry lentils (red or brown)
5 cups water
1 TBSP tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
2 bay Leaves
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 tsp each of dried: thyme, oregano and basil
1 tsp salt
dash of fresh pepper

In a stock pot, combine the oil, onions, garlic and carrots, and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Pour in uncooked lentils and toss to coat.  Add water, tomato paste, sugar, bay leaves, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Boil on medium heat, covered for about 40 minutes. Reduce heat further, remove lid, and stir and cook uncovered for about another 15 minutes.

6 Responses to “Delicious 5-Minute Lentil Soup”

  1. Margaret 10 April 2011 at 10:39 am Permalink

    I made the soup and it was delicious. I actually used 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water since I needed to use up the whole carton of broth. I used red lentils.
    I also threw in a couple of fresh tomatoes that were too soft to eat raw. It did take me a little more than 5 minutes to prepare though!
    The lentil soup I usually make has an Indian flavor. Your recipe was much preferred by my husband. Will definitely make again!

  2. Cheryl 9 May 2011 at 4:01 pm Permalink

    I really liked this soup recipe, it was guick, easy and tasted very good. I didn’t have chicken stock so I added a little chicken base mix. This will be added to my soup recipes for sure. I recommend this recipe to anyone looking for healthy eating.

  3. Jo 22 June 2011 at 2:24 pm Permalink

    Made this yesterday by the book. Good wholesome, simple food, and approved by my carnivore husband who finds a lot of vegetarian food lacking in flavour. Will definitely make again and will add more veggies eg celery, carrots, tomato.

  4. Sarah 20 November 2011 at 4:22 pm Permalink

    Just made this today! The flavour was wonderful, but my lentils completely fell apart into stringy mush. I used red lentils. Maybe too hard of a boil??

  5. Sue 27 February 2012 at 6:31 pm Permalink

    The soup as just WONDERFUL! The flavors blended so well and more importantly…my husband really liked it! He is so funny about no meat in his soups and he was very enthusiastic about this. Thank you so much for posting this one!

  6. Lorna 31 March 2016 at 12:25 pm Permalink

    I put all ingredients in a slow cooker after the sauteing. We adults like this. Lentils help lower blood pressure I think. My husbands rings got looser after eating this a while.I use green lentils and they don’t get so broken up in the slow cooker and are still soft.

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