Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.


6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
My mother has diabetes, so I often prepare this dish for her. I wanted a hearty soup that hits the spot on cold autumn nights, so I paired the lentils with turkey bacon and a handful of spices. —Nicole Hopping, Pinole, California.
Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 pound red potatoes (about 3 medium), chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken stock


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan. Add potatoes, carrots and onion; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until carrots and onion are tender. Add garlic and seasonings; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Add lentils and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 30-35 minutes or until lentils and potatoes are tender. Top each serving with bacon.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 314 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 17g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat.