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Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentils, like beans, are part of the legume family and add cholesterol-reducing fiber to this tasty soup. Marybeth Gessele - Gaston, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, broth, lentils, carrot, green pepper, oregano, basil and, if desired, pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are almost tender.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until lentils are tender. Serve with rice.
    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 broth or water if necessary. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 269 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 14g fiber), 13g protein.

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 250365
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"The wonderful thing about soup recipes is that they are so amenable to changes. I am always looking for ways to lower the calorie content so I eliminated the olive oil and just used olive oil spray to saute the onions and garlic. I had some cabbage, celery and yellow squash in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I chopped and dumped those in. I had a partially used can of cannellini beans that I wanted to get rid of so they joined the veggies. I only used 1 tblsp. tomato paste and in place of plain water used some beef bouillon cubes. I added some chopped cilantro on top.. I didn't use any meat, but you could add some Italian sausage, ground beef or ground turkey. DELICIOUS!"

themoorfamily User ID: 8057184 107658
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Add some sausage and you have a perfect, balanced meal. This is delicious!!!"

rkj620 User ID: 5722215 188759
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"The recipe was good, but it was a little too acidic for my taste. Next time I make it I will add something to balance it out."

smagal User ID: 5715837 171678
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"It was okay, but it seemed to need something, you when I heated up the leftovers I added some spaghetti sauce to it and it was much better."

kabuki User ID: 1610400 146635
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"Rich and filling. It's a family favorite. Sometimes I chop the carrots to make preparation a little easier."

MelissaIG User ID: 6261663 188081
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"Made it for company and they all loved it. I cooked the lentins separately, for me they needed more cooking time, then I followed the directions and it came out great."

Bakerj User ID: 4200567 104490
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"We really like this soup and it's good for you. Yummy. I too just sliced the carrots thin, and I used more broth than water and simmered it longer than the stated time. But I will make this again"

kdhcooks User ID: 53837 171637
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This soup is fantastic! Delicious comfort food. easy to make and so tasty! Husband approved as well. Instead of shredding the carrot, I sliced it thin. I also had to simmer the lentils 5 more minutes till they were tender."

avalonblythe User ID: 1197725 128800
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"I added some sliced sausages. My husband LOVED it."

DonnaLadley User ID: 1109658 118056
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"I really liked this one. It was easy and good."

adrianaj24 User ID: 4033374 104489
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2010

"When making the Italian Lentil soup, I accidentally substituted the diced tomatoes with crushed tomatoes-- Oh my gosh! It was so delicious! It was like eating sphaghetti with no guilt at all. For my husband who hates lentils to like this, you know it's really good!"

Gabrielle Schroader User ID: 3910269 188041
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"Tomatoey and delishious. And easy!"

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