Classic & Simple: Vegetarian Lentil Soup Recipe

Sometimes you just need to get back to the basics! Lentil soup is classic and so easy to make and so yummy in your tummy! Once you get this down, next time, try tinkering around with the spices, add more or different vegetables, use different lentils. Play with it until you make it your own!

Classic, Basic Lentil Soup Recipe
Serves 4, vegan


  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • garlic to taste (or hing)
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of dried lentils
  • 5 cups of water
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a soup pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and spices and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add chopped veggies. Saute for for a few minutes. Add bay leaves and lentils, stir for a few minutes and then add water. Turn down heat and let simmer for about 30-40 minutes (depends on the kind lentils you use, they should be soft, but not falling apart, when done), stirring occaisionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice or with hot, crusty bread!


  1. Carrots in lentil soup are a MUST!!! This looks delicious!

  2. oh that looks so hearty and wonderful!

  3. It's hard to take a good looking pic of lentil soup, but this is really pretty. Quite appetizing looking.

    1. Yeah, for awhile there, I was setting up shots, trying to be like VK Rees (who I absolutely adore!), but I have kids waiting for food, so I am all about the graphic close up now. :) Get in, get out! Ain't nobody got time for that! LOL!

  4. AnonymousJuly 11, 2013

    Add a little bit of turmeric. Apart from anti-cancer and all gives a nice color to food. Same with bit of red-chilly powder (there are non-spicy red chilly that give only "color" without much heat). I also like to add green chilly paste and bit of cilantro on top.
    What kind of lentils did you use?


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