Try This Old Fashioned Best Lentil Soup Recipe

By: Prasanna| Published: 6:34:00 AM

 The best lentil soup recipe ever! This lentil soup is very healthy, filling plus it's very easy to make and tastes amazing when you wipe it down with a slice of crusty bread. You can make this soup with red lentils, brown lentils, or green lentils - as it's totally nourishing and delicious.

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This is the best lentil soup recipe you need to try - it's healthy, easy, delicious, and filling.

This is a classic old-fashioned lentil soup with vegetables, spices, tomato paste/sauce makes this soup so good that you will enjoy crusty bread for dipping.

You can use green lentils, brown or red lentils too in this recipe and it comes perfectly!

a white bowl with best lentil soup topped with cilantro

Best Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil soup is the most basic soup that you can dream to make compared to all fancy soup recipes out there on a chilly night. But this vegetarian lentil soup recipe is one of the most comforting and healthy soups you can make.

What goes in lentil soup?

The ingredients that go into making the lentil soup are very commonly available in your pantry:
  • Lentils (Brown/Red/Green)
  • Vegetables (I have used carrot, potatoes, garlic, onion, and celery)
  • Spices ( salt & pepper, paprika, cumin powder, coriander powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, turmeric)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable / Chicken Stock
  • Lemon Juice ( takes the flavour of soup to next level)
ingredients to make lentil soup

What type of lentils is best for the lentil soup recipe?

You can use brown, red, or green dry lentils for this soup. The best is to soak the lentils overnight or for at least for 30mins to 1hr for them to cook faster.

I have used brown dried lentils for this soup as I like the color of the lentils that impacts the final dish color.
brown lentils for soup

Are lentils good for you?

Yes! Lentils have a lot of nutritional benefits as they are high in fiber, B vitamin, iron, protein, and also they are low on fat.

If you are on a vegetarian diet then lentils are a great source of protein for you. Also, they are low on calories too.

best lentil soup with crusty bread

How do you store the lentil soup leftovers and freeze the lentil soup?

Storing:  You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days and this soup is super good to serve for dinner.

Freezing:   Better to serve, you can freeze this soup in individual portions in freezer-safe containers or Ziploc bags. This will stay good for a few months.

Reheating:    Thaw the soup before eating it in the refrigerator.
You can heat the soup in the microwave or sump it in a pot and heat it through on the stovetop.

How to make lentil soup from scratch?

Step1:  Wash and soak the dried lentils in water for at least 30mins. If you soak them overnight then it's better.

Step2:  Heat oil in a stockpot/ soup pot/ dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, carrot, and potatoes and saute till the vegetables are soft. This should be done on low or medium heat for approximately 10mins.

steps to make the best lentil soup recipe

Step3:   Add remaining ingredients except for lemon juice. Stir once, cover, and cook on medium heat for 30mins or till the lentils are soft.

how to make the best lentil soup recipe

Step4:   If you want to thicken the soup and take a small portion, cool it slightly, blend it, and add it back to the pot OR with a stick blender blend a small portion of the lentils in the pot.

Step5:    If you want to adjust the soup consistency then add some water if the soup turned thick. I did not blend the lentils, just left them as it is.

Step6:   Adjust salt and pepper. Finally add lemon juice, chopped cilantro, and serve! Enjoy with crusty bread!

a white pot with easy lentil soup
a closer look at a white bowl with vegetarian lentil soup

Tips to make old fashioned lentil soup recipe:

  • Use dry lentils for this recipe, instead of canned lentils.
  • If you soak the lentils for at least 30mins then it will help to cook the lentils better.
  • This recipe works for any kind of dry lentils like red, brown, or green.
  • You can refrigerate this soup for up to 5days and freeze it very well for a few months.
  • Add vegetables as per your choice to this soup.
  • You can also chicken or beef if you like this soup.
a close up of a white bowl with lentil soup

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