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Lentil-Tomato Soup Recipe

Lentil-Tomato Soup Recipe

Double the recipe and share this hearty soup with neighbors and loved ones on cold winter nights. I serve it with cornbread for dunking.—Michelle Curtis, Baker City, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, carrots, onion and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

For Sausage Variation: Stir in 1/2 pound chopped fully-cooked turkey sausage; heat through. For Kale Variation: Stir in 3 cups chopped fresh kale; cook, uncovered, until kale is tender. For Spiced Variation: Add 3/4 teaspoon garam masala when adding other seasonings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 138 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 9g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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chocolatecookies User ID: 1014884 257816
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"Delicious soup, and a great one for my vegetarian family and friends. I added 8 oz. of fresh mushrooms, sliced, along with the carrots, onion and lentils. I didn't include the vinegar, but it tasted fine without it. This soup is a good way to use some of the herbs I grew and dried this summer. The soup is thick and filling."

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 216628
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"quick easy and yummy. I always make it with the garam masala."

Susanlynnl User ID: 6333867 169883
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"One of my absolute favorite soups--I always add the kale, and I use jalapeno sausage as well."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 170630
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I followed the recipe as written but added a little over a cup of leftover diced ham. I liked it more as I got to the end of my serving. It was very filling and healthy. Can't say it's my favorite TOH soup recipe, though. Not sure why; maybe next time I make this I will add sausage as others have done. It needs a little something to balance out the spices."

Juliev320 User ID: 6277608 100419
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"Followed recipe except used fresh tarragon and thyme. Didn't really measure it. The thyme flavor was distinctive, but I grew to love it. I accidentally boiled it a little too long at first, bit not a problem. Great healthy recipe. Want to share with friends"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 157622
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"I omitted the dill weed. It was so delicious! Even my 14-month-old son gobbled it up!

~ Theresa"

1darla1 User ID: 6423679 98881
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"Love this soup, I add all three variations and find it very satisfying."

sarajz User ID: 6808784 169882
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"<p>I liked it, but my husband didn't really care for something he just couldn't put his finger on. My kids won't eat it, so unfortunately, I probably won't make it again."

bearstofeed User ID: 699551 154504
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"With Kale and Sausage this a new family favorite. Thanks for the recipe!"

michtwinsmom User ID: 1273847 100418
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"This is one of the best soups I have ever had! And I love that it's Vegan and I can make it for my friends."

erm42823 User ID: 5969675 109145
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I added italian sausage to mine and even my four year old asked for seconds. He evem requested the soup again! We loved it."

cr_1295 User ID: 5888497 100417
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Very good recipe; very different flavors that worked out really well, and it was a good use of lentils. However, I found the soup wayyy too sweet; I will definitely use less brown sugar next time."

okweaver User ID: 6104185 169744
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"I made this soup per the original recipe (unlike so many others who rated it). I would make it again with changes: chicken or beef broth instead of water, fresh garlic, no brown sugar (too sweet), maybe some rotel (tomatoes and peppers) instead of the tomato paste. There just wasn't a satisfying depth of flavor in the original recipe."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 78559
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"quick & easy - Loved It! I sauteed the onion in olive oil first (don't like crunchy onions in soup). Used Buckwheat grouts instead of lentils (cut simmering time back to about 15 min as buckwheat doesn't take as long to cook). I added a jar of canned tomatoes and 1tbsp of dried red peppers (from Epicure) and 3 cups chopped kale during the last 5 minutes of simmering. YUM-O!"

rhcluvscady2 User ID: 3416461 98879
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Did all 3 extra's, would like it to have a richer, deeper flavor."

curlybiscuit1 User ID: 4025182 109111
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"I've never cooked lentils before. I added all the "extras"; turkey sausage, kale and garam masala. I don't think I would like it without these. I only used 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala. It's not my favorite spice combo but a little added a lot to this soup."

beckyley User ID: 6196155 78558
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"This was very easy and very good, coming from someone who doesn't typically like lentils. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the lentils definitely need more time to cook (5-10 minutes longer) than the recipe states. Otherwise it was great!"

chichi891 User ID: 6339581 98878
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"My family and myself found this soup hearty and fulfilling in these cold nights"

azimmer12 User ID: 6419628 82064
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"easy quick recipe. I used tomato paste with herbs and diced tomatoes with peppers and garlic for a little added zip. My very picky teenagers loved it!!!!!"

carbea User ID: 6382975 157621
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"waste of ingredients! Needs a LOT of tweeking"

Jamien User ID: 1567958 154503
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I have a household of picky meat-n-potato eaters, and I thought this might be a nice change of pace. I liked it, but found it too sweet as is. Definitely give it a kick with some of the suggestions! For myself, I'd probably try it again, but nobody in my family would even try it, and it really needed a LOT more time to cook than the recipe states."

Darlene1679 User ID: 3521440 154502
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"easy delicious soup. I added 1c cooked tomatoes, 3 celery ribs, 1/4c yellow peppers, Hillshire sausage (a quarter of a length) and additional salt. Will make again, but use vegetalbe broth, more salt, fresh garlic & omit sugar. Great for winter!"

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 209342
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"I just finished making and eating this. I did omit the dill week and tarragon because I didn't have any. It was pretty good for just being beans and vegetables. Next time I might add some ground turkey."

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 157619
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I made this soup for dinner today..It was excellent.....very tasty. I used chicken stock instead of water and omitted the dill weed. Will be making this quick soup again. Thanks for a great recipe."

lisardh07 User ID: 2531781 169743
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"First time making soup, thought is was good but the lentils needed more time to cook, still tough when cooking as directed. we added mild italian sausage( i cooked separate, drained and removed casing before adding to soup), i def rec adding sausage! Can't go wrong making, very simple and easy!"

Avis Navarra User ID: 5539189 109106
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I have made this several times and plan on making again tomorrow. It is very tasty and I usually do not like lentils, also pretty healthy"

minnnat User ID: 163662 169881
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Simply loved this soup! Packed with good stuff. Even my son, who doesn't normally eat any vegetables, loved this soup. I did add sausage (Hillshire brand) to the soup. I fried it before I added it to the soup, and drained off the fat."

sierracc User ID: 6325481 82063
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This recipe was so-so. It seemed like it was missing something. I would probably rather buy a can of already made lentil soup. It's not that it was terrible, it just wasn't something I would want to give someone else. There are better things out there I would rather eat."

JerseyGal262 User ID: 2998914 170628
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"I've made this soup a couple of times since it appeared in TOH. Great soup! Added the gram marsala and used half broth/half water. The kale makes it even healthier. Definitely a keeper!!"

Maultasche User ID: 4551186 109102
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Great tasting and great smelling soup. Very filling. I love the variety of spices. My husband and I are meateaters, but we did not miss the meat in this soup. Good diabetic recipe for my husband. I'm forwarding this recipe to my girlfriend. Will make this recipe a lot this winter."

Julielk User ID: 5917414 169879
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"SUPER easy! I made this last night for my vegan sister who was visiting and it was a huge hit! I used vegetable broth instead of water and aded added 4 cups of chopped fresh Kale at the end. Delish! The leftovers tasted even better! This is now a staple for my home!"

omik User ID: 4231601 98874
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"very filling and delicious. I added a couple of jalapeno peppers for a little more flavour"

JoyHeisey User ID: 1481321 78557
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"Wonderful soup for a cold night! Our children loved it! A keeper in my recipe file. The ingredients were pantry staples and the soup was easy to make!"

samhelton User ID: 6318547 172965
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"I followed the tip to add garam masala, which added just the right amount of kick. Also added 12 oz. of chopped habanero chile chicken sausage. Our guests and we loved it. The ingredients are pantry staples and readily available produce. I like the idea that the base is water. I disagree that using a broth instead of water is desireable."

Summy User ID: 1386846 100413
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"Hmm...4 stars because I altered the recipe. I only had Italian herb tomato paste, so I used that. I used balsamic vinegar instead of white. Omitted all spices and herbs, except for adding the 3/4 tsp. garam marsala, which I've never used before. I sauteed mild turkey sausage which I simmered with the lentils, onions, and carrots. Substituted chicken broth for water (I really think that's a great idea from another person rating this recipe). It was quite sweet with the brown sugar, but I kind of liked it. The cooking time was off for me (I'm at a high altitude), and I cooked it at least twice as long, and the lentils and carrots were still al dente. Flavor? was good enough that I'd make it again. Maybe less sugar next time, and a teensy bit more salt (I did not add any salt this time, because I thought the chicken broth had enough."

pattyo122 User ID: 6247412 209341
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Loved it. It is quick to make and loaded with flavor."

hooverhousehold User ID: 4857957 172964
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This soup was quick and easy to put together, I followed the recipe to a T, except for the dill weed. I added salt and pepper to taste in my bowl, which was the only thing I will add when I make it again. Very filling and hearty!"

Sarah in Portland User ID: 58357 154430
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I got out the Worcestershire sauce, used 3 T., and doubled the thyme. Also added hot sauce and some chili flakes. I like the suggestion for adding cooked crumbled spicy sausage. This soup was too sweet for me."

mrsvette User ID: 834250 168327
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Wonderfully simple soup! Cooks up quickly and enjoyed every bit of it. Will be making it quite often and might in the future add some "goodies" to it."

flagday69 User ID: 1504361 78556
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Made this soup for lunch. Fast, very easy and delicious."

GGone User ID: 6299602 98445
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This soup sounded so good before I made

it but ........ I think a tablespoon of vinegar and brown sugar is way over the top. Maybe a teaspoon would have been more reasonable. All we couold taste was vinegar. My fix was to add cooked crumbled HOT sausage to soup and cook for a lot longer time."

tomartin42 User ID: 1013624 209340
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I used chicken broth instead of water and did add the sausage and kale. Incredibly good soup."

mstrausstoh User ID: 1735775 156044
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"We love soup and this one is definitely a keeper."

ronjon3 User ID: 4666802 134638
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Worst lentil soup ever."

May1276 User ID: 6294468 169877
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"I'm a very pickey eater and my mom made this for dinner and I was suprized on how good it was. I thought the season was great not to over done but one issue the Lentils were still hard! Was there a miss print on the cooking of the Lentils mom used regular kind of lentil beans is there acertain kind we should use. When I read the recipe I thought all beans were consdered Letil so was I wrong? I would make again and maybe try it with left over ham from the holiday meal's."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 154429
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"This was okay, but we have had much better lentil soups that we will go back to. We used homemade stock instead of water; lentils were tender in 25 minutes at an elevation of 5600 feet. Not sure we liked the tomato flavor with the lentils."

MicnFinn User ID: 6290571 209339
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I doubled the recipe and added a little more water as the soup was a bit thick. I also added coarsely chopped cabbage and turkey sausage. It was fantastic and very easy to make (I was in a hurry so I bought shredded carrots and pre-chopped onions). There was virtually nothing to do but put it together."

Gamer28 User ID: 5194983 168326
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I made this for dinner, and everyone loved it. I thought it might have been a bit heavy on the spices, but it was still very good. I doubled the recipe, added some coarsely-chopped cabbage, and diced up a ham steak and put that in. Definitely a hit with us!"

nettiel23 User ID: 3519407 168325
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This recipe is actually vegan but I added ham hock to mine. It was so delicious and very easy to make. The corn bread suggestion was a great idea!"

dalamy User ID: 1175514 169739
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Seriously YUMMY! For my taste preferences, I used 4 cups HOMEMADE chicken stock instead of water and only 1 carrot. I added 3 pressed garlic cloves and 1 pound browned chopped kielbasa. I omitted the parsley, vinegar, garlic salt, dill weed, and tarragon. My lentils were tender after 30 minutes."

Dawn Hurning User ID: 1198475 100408
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Although this soup sounds good by reading the recipe, it failed on so many levels to meet my expectations. First, it states that the lentils should simmer for 20-25 minutes, it took almost two hours before they were soft enough to eat. The spice combination was so overwhelming that it was difficult to consume a bowl of this soup. We will not be making it again. If you like spicy, this might be for you, if not beware!"

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