Meatless Lentil Soup Recipe
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Meatless Lentil Soup Recipe

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This has been my husband's favorite soup our whole 30-year married life. He enjoys taking a thermos of this to work during the winter. It's delicious served with warm biscuits and butter. —Janet Chase, Berrien Sprgs, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 large carrots, halved and sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried lentils, rinsed
  • 4 small red potatoes, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 245 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 19g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook the carrots, celery and onion over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the water, lentils, potatoes, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until lentils are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Meatless Lentil Soup in Healthy Cooking October/November 2012, p46

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Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 241804
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"FIVE STARS!! :-) I initially saw this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and decided to try it based on Janet's declaration that it was her husband's favorite soup for 30 years. It is EXCELLENT! It takes a little preparation, the smells in the kitchen enticing - and it is now one of our favorite soups. I followed the recipe as is - and simmer it on the stove for quite a while - the longer it cooks, the thicker it gets. It's hearty and filling! So glad I tried it!"

lltimmer User ID: 1104690 183827
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"The soup was very watery and really had no flavor at all. I even tried adding more salt and some white pepper to give it a boost."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 132305
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"This was pretty good. I felt like it needed more salt and perhaps some other seasoning to jazz it up a bit. Maybe Italian Seasoning or shredded cheddar on top?"

Veggiequeen User ID: 2048627 178494
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"I have made this twice now and plan to make it again soon! My husband absolutely loved it and requested the second batch before the first was finished!"

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