Lentil and vegetable soup

Lentil and vegetable 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 lentil and vegetable 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 fiber.  Health wise lentils contain a source of cholesterol lowering fiber, 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.

Lentil & vegetable soup recipe

For my lentil and vegetable 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

Lentil Vegetable 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
  • 1/4 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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  1. Michelle June 21, 2010  8:57 am Reply

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

    • delicieux June 20, 2010  11:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Michelle. I'm always looking for good sources of iron too and am extremely happy when I find something that is not only good for you, but delicious, like lentils.

  2. intuitive June 21, 2010  4:31 pm Reply

    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.

  3. Kulsum June 21, 2010  4:51 pm Reply

    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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  4. Not Quite Nigella June 21, 2010  7:58 pm Reply

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

  5. Joanne June 23, 2010  10:52 pm Reply

    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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  6. Satsumagurl June 24, 2010  9:07 am Reply

    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.

    • delicieux June 23, 2010  11:30 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It's such a satisfying soup.

  7. @gastronomygal June 30, 2010  5:56 pm Reply

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

  8. Trudy~Veggienumnum August 5, 2010  8:27 am Reply

    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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    • delicieux August 4, 2010  11:30 pm Reply

      Thanks for your kind words. :)

      I loved the rocket in the soup. Not only did it make the whole dish more colourful and appealing to the eyes, it added a lovely pepperiness to the soup. It's a perfect soup for winter.

  9. polwig November 8, 2010  10:50 pm Reply

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

    • delicieux November 9, 2010  1:05 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comments and stopping by Kathy :)

  10. zceren March 10, 2011  6:52 pm Reply

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

    • delicieux March 11, 2011  7:15 am Reply

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup as much as we did zceren. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how it went. :)

  11. Psych Babbler May 8, 2011  4:51 pm Reply

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

  12. Jasanna November 8, 2011  5:45 am Reply

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


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