Italian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe
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Italian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe

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I like to serve lentils often because they are inexpensive and nutritious. I sometimes add them to my homemade spaghetti sauce and serve over noodles. —Rachel Keller, Roanoke, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable.


  1. In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and carrot; cook and stir until crisp-tender.
  2. Stir in lentils, parsley, bouillon, pepper and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and salt; heat through. Serve with cheese.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Unlike dried beans, lentils don’t have to be soaked before using. They are a quick-to-cook source of iron, most B vitamins and fiber.
Originally published as Italian-Style Lentil Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p24

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Really great flavor! Plan to make again!"

valdater 224746
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"This is one of the better lentil soups I have ever had. It was so easy to make and super cheap to make because I already had many of the ingredients on hand. It is hearty, healthy, and low fat. Very satisfying."

dotsie63 216934
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"First time making lentil soup, excellent recipe, I added a couple cloves of garlic and a little bit of tyme."

rmbarr059 58577
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this soup! I've never cooked lentils before, but my husband and I really enjoyed this nice, low-cal addition to dinner."

Jennifer1069 206125
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"This was my first time cooking with lentils and I really enjoyed this soup and will make it again!!"

lapodo 58784
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"Yes I've made it multiple times and have given containers of it to family and friends. They loved it!!!!"

joedebfry 104157
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Tasty, simple to make, nutritious!"

lmg647 82812
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"This soup is wonderful and is a nice low-calorie lunch!"

lmg647 82810
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2009

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