Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe |

I love soups.  They are healthy (usually), hearty and satisfying, especially in cooler weather.  I also love them as lunches to take to work as a healthy alternative to cafe food or takeaways.

The other day I was craving soup, but I wanted something different instead of my go to soup, minestrone.  So, I decided to make a vegetable and lentil soup.

Lentils are a pulse that come from the seed of the annual plant lens culinaris.  They have been used in the human diet since the stone age and low in fat, high in protein and high in fibre.  Health wise lentils contain a source of cholesterol lowering fibre, help regulate blood sugar and are one of the best vegetable sources of iron.  Their iron content is particularly important for vegetarians or anyone suffering from iron deficiency, such as myself, and can be used in a variety of recipes from salads, vegetarian sausage rolls, and, of course, soups.

Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe |

For my vegetable and lentil soup recipe I used du puy, or French green lentils and in France they are known as the poor mans caviar.  French green lentils are dark green, almost black, in colour.

Vegetable and lentil soup recipe

Vegetable and Lentil Soup
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 leek, sliced finely
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 6 mushrooms, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 tin of chopped Italian tomatoes
  • 1 cup of French green lentils
  • 60g of rocket leaves, washed
  • ¼ cup of chopped dill
  • 1.5 litres of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  1. Warm a large pot and add the olive oil,garlic, onion and leek and cook until the onion begins to turn translucent.
  2. Add the celery, carrot, thyme and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until the carrot begins to soften.
  3. Then add the tinned tomatoes, lentils and stock and stir well. Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Season to taste.
  4. Before serving add the rocket and dill. Serve with warm crusty bread.

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23 Comments on "Vegetable and Lentil Soup"

November 8, 2011

This looks Yum! Can’t wait to try it!!

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May 8, 2011

This looks great! Definitely going to try it out soon as I love my lentils and my veggies… :) Great blog you have here!

March 10, 2011

This was just delicious! I added tiny bit of parmesan and lemon juice at the end. Thank you for a very healthy meal :)

November 8, 2010

I love Lentil Soups, personally I have been on a bean kick lately and this looks amazing.

August 5, 2010

This looks seriously good.. just my kind of stew, packed full of veggies and delicious lentils!! Love the addition of rocket… so good!!
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July 19, 2010

J'adore French green lentils. I will be putting this on my list of recipes to try.
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June 30, 2010

looks gorgeously healthy and warming. I might try this for work lunch too!

June 26, 2010

I love soups too and yours looks so wholesome and delicious! The addition of rocket is interesting…
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June 24, 2010

Thank you for sharing the recipe. Put together a pot of this soup tonight for dinner. It was wonderful—I mean really wonderful. Nice balance of flavors and spice. Best soup recipe I've made in a while.

June 23, 2010

What a lovely soup. Lentil soup has to be one of my favorites – so hearty and delicious, especially with the addition of sweet carrots!

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June 22, 2010

Lentils are one of my most favorite legumes! This soup looks fantastic. It would so hit the spot right now.
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June 22, 2010

What a great combination of flavors! YUM! I can't wait to try this!

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June 21, 2010

That looks incredibly inviting and I can tell by the closeup that it's absolutely packed with flavours and textures :)

June 21, 2010

I always get intimated by vegeterians because that was something I wanted to do but just could never find the the will to. But I totally love lentils. What an a great job you done here! :)

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June 21, 2010

Wow, this is just the one I was looking for, being a vegetarian I am always looking for new recipes, I guess this will also go very well with some flat breads. Thanks for the recipe.

June 21, 2010

I'm always looking for good sources of iron, and this looks delicious! Beautiful photos, all the veggies look so good! Thank you!