Eating from the Pantry – Lentil Soup

January 6, 2010
I cleaned out my pantry and what did I find?  Three bags of lentils.  Guess what’s for dinner?  This soup is delicious and easy to make.   Lentils are full of fiber and protein so it’s good for you too.

lentil soup

Lentil Soup

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried basil
1 bay leaf
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
2 cups dried lentils
8 cups water
1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
2 T vinegar
1 t ground black pepper
1 t salt (I don’t like too much salt, you may need more)

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1.  Sort through the lentils.  I take mine and dump them on a rimmed cookie sheet.  Sometimes you’ll find small pebbles and other stuff in there that you don’t want to bite on later. 

sort the lentils

2.  Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion, carrots and celery.  Cook and stir until the onion is tender.  Add garlic, oregano, basil and bay leaf.  Cook for another minute.

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3.  Stir in lentils, water and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Then, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for at least one hour.

4.  When ready to serve, stir in spinach and vinegar and cook until spinach just wilts.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

lentil soup
I like to serve this with some homemade cornbread.  Enjoy!


  1. Gosh that sounds delicious! I love soup so this is certainly my time of year.

  2. Great recipe! bEANS ARE ALWAYS THRIFTY!
    Thanks, friend, for linking up to Thrifty Thursday on Tales from Bloggeritaville!
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  3. I have never made lentil soup before but you made it sound easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Thanks for the step by step directions. So helpful. BTW- don't you just love the red wine vinegar. :)

  5. I love lentil soup! Unfortunately, the rest of my family does not (and they like lots of different soups). To use my lentils, I sprouted them and used them in stir-fry instead--and everyone loved it!

  6. That does look good!! I love bean soups and so does my 2 year old. Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  7. I made this tonight with just a few alterations and it was a huge hit! (hubby didn't think he would like it but was really surprised at how good it is) I used a combo of veggie stock and chicken stock rather than the water, added about 3/4 tsp of cumin and a little more salt than called for. I also altered the texture by using my emersion blender. Thanks for the recipe!


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