Cream of Lentil Soup Recipe
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Cream of Lentil Soup Recipe

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Lentil lovers will want a second bowl of this nourishing soup with a subtle touch of curry. It looks particularly appealing thanks to the color the fresh spinach adds. —Kim Russell, North Wales, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 338 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 704 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 14 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the broth, lentils, bay leaf and clove. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute onion and celery in butter until crisp-tender. Add the carrots, salt, sugar, curry powder and pepper; saute 2-3 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute.
  3. Drain lentils; discard bay leaf and clove. Add to vegetable mixture. Stir in the spinach, cream, lemon juice and parsley; cook over low heat until heated through and spinach is wilted. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Cream of Lentil Soup in Country Woman October/November 2008, p29

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Loved this soup. This will be a staple recipe. I think next time I will throw in some bacon"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Loved the soup, especially the subtle curry flavor. I also felt the 1-1/2 cups of cream did not make the soup "soupy" enough so I added what was left of the broth that I had drained. I also substituted light cream for the heavy cream. I will definately make this soup again."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I'm never going to cook lentis any other way. This is one of the best recipes I have tried."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Ok, I got it. You do have to throw away the broth (it's got an earthy flavour, not so nice). The soup tastes great, btw."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I am making the soup right now and I'm not sure whether I should discard the broth in which I boiled the lentils. Will I really get 2 1/2 quarts of soup if I throw that away? Is the recipe badly written? Am I missing something here?"

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