Easy Lentil Soup

This easy Lentil Soup channels the flavor of my favorite crock-pot lentil dish in a delicious vegetarian soup!

Healthy Lentil Soup

Paul and I are in complete disagreement over this recipe. He insists it’s a stew, while I stand firmly behind my belief that I soup-ified my beloved Crock-pot Madras Lentils.

Whatever you decide to call it, you’re going to want to put it’s number on speed dial. Don’t even think about waiting the obligatory 3-4 days to call after your first date either. Just dive on in like the eager and overzealous foodie we all know you are.

Just me? Fine, I’m projecting.

Regardless you’re going to want a bowl of this stuff in your face, stat.

The easy lentil soup recipe makes  quite a few servings so feel free to experiment by adding more broth to some bowls to make it more like the soup I insist it is, then swirl some freshly steamed rice into the others for the ultimate stew experience.

Healthy Lentil Soup Recipe

Paul has 24-hour duty currently, but I swear I can feel him breathing over my shoulder whispering “You better call it a stew, Jenny. Tell them to add rice. I want it with rice. Will you make it for me with rice next time? No, no you’re typing soup. Don’t call it soup. STEW, Jenny. Stew.

To that I reply: SOUP THERE IT IS!

Let’s do this!

Easy Lentil Soup

Feel free to use brown lentils, green lentils, or even red lentils in this crazy delicious lentil soup recipe!

Vegetarian Lentil Soup
5 from 18 votes

Easy Lentil Soup

This easy lentil soup channels the flavor of my favorite crock-pot madras lentil dish in a delicious vegan soup! It's also fantastic served over rice!

Course Soup
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Easy Lentil Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 179 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 TBSP olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tsp freshly minced garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp salt plus extra to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper add extra for a kick!


  • red kidney beans would be a great addition
  • whipped goat cheese or greek yogurt for topping (skip for vegan)
  • fresh parsley for topping
  • an extra drizzle of olive oil
  • curry paste to taste
  • curry powder to taste


  1. Heat a large pot to medium-high heat.
  2. Add olive oil and diced onion, and sauté until tender, adding the garlic towards the end to prevent burning.
  3. Next add veggie broth and diced tomatoes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until pureed.
  5. No immersion blender? No problem! Add the garlic, onion, and tomatoes to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add the mixture into the pot with your veggie broth and get cooking!
  6. Increase the heat to high, then add dried lentils, diced red potato, and all your herbs and spices.
  7. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and cover.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes on medium [mine was on setting 4] then additional 10 min on low, to simmer.
  9. Top soup with a swirl of goat cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt and a sprinkle of parsley. You can even add rice! Go nuts!

Recipe Notes

I used Muir Glen’s no salt added fire roasted tomatoes for this recipe. The flavor is stellar and the cans are BPA-free, which I adore. If you’re working with what you have on hand, any 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes will work for this recipe, if needed as well as pureed/crushed tomatoes, which are a great substitution if you don’t have an immersion blender or would like to speed things along!

Recipe yields 8-10 one cup servings or 4-5 bowls of soup. Enjoy!

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 592mg26%
Potassium 612mg17%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 12.3mg15%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

special diets and lentil soup swaps

t-rex chefs: Chicken broth will also work for this recipe, have at it!

vegan chefs: Skip the optional swirl of goat cheese at the end and this soup is gloriously vegan!

Lentil Soup

If you get a chance to try this easy lentil soup, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

so . . . how was it?

I have the stinking’ Lego Movie song stuck in my head so, in a word, AWESOME! Now will someone please erase that song from my head forever? Pretty please? I’ll make you soup.

This stuff rocks. It’s hearty and filling and positively perfect for these last few weeks of Winter.

It’s also gloriously freezer-friendly, so tuck a bowl or two away in the freezer for a busy weeknight and rock. those. lentils!

hungry for more?

Loving lentils latley? (oh alliteration, I cannot quit thee) check out my crock-pot lentils, lentil tortilla soup, lentil chili, and these super-yummy lentil-veggie tacos

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  • Teresa Smith

    5 stars
    I made it exactly as written and it came out delicious! Mine does look thicker than the picture shown so I will call it stew!

  • Aaron

    5 stars
    Rice in soup?! Your husband is a mad man.

    I doubled the lentils and used red, so coincidentally, it turned into a creamy orange stew. Yum!

    • Bahaha glad you agree with me and I’m so stoked you enjoyed the soup! xoxo

  • Catherine Ormand

    5 stars
    OMG! This was the heartiest soup ever! It was exactly what I was craving. I’ve made other lentil soups before but this one is the best. I did add 1 can of Canelli Beans and 1 teaspoon of curry. My family of 5 loved it.

  • Trissa

    Is the calorie based on one cup soup portion or the bowl portion?

    • Hi Trissa! It’s based of the 1 cup serving which is pretty filling thanks to the potatoes and lentils. I usually serve myself a cup or cup and a half and then have a side salad or some naan bread. Hope this helps! xo

  • Lia Kruger

    5 stars
    This was great! So far, this is the best lentil soup recipe I’ve tried. We topped it with cashew cream to keep it vegan. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bibi Martinez

    5 stars
    This is one of my family’s favorite vegetarian dish. It’s in our meal rotation at least twice a week,every month! I’ve made this for family and friends, and bowls are left empty!!

  • Rhiannon

    5 stars
    This was delicious!! My 6 and 3 year old loved it! Thank you so much for having so many vegetarian options on your site!!

  • Michele

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and loved it about 2 months ago, but now I forget what I decided to do when I saw this issue: For most of the spices, it just says 1/4 or 1/8, but it doesn’t say teaspoons or tablespoons. I know I just picked one or the other and it turned out great, but if you could clarify which you meant (or point me to where you did, if you already have), that’d be fantastic! Thanks (:

    • Hi Michele! I’m so glad you love the soup! A few months ago I switched recipe plugins and a few things seemed to go missing during the change-over. It’s all fixed now! Thank you so so much for alerting me to this, much appreciated! 🙂

      • Carolyn Meyer

        Recipe still does not have units for spices TBSP, tsp, etc. Could you clarify here in the comments? Thank you!

        • Ohmygosh again?! This is the weirdest glitch ever – thank you so much for leaving me a note Carolyn. They should all read teaspoon (and you can add extras of your favorites to taste after the soup has simmered) — could you let me know if it’s displaying correctly now? Thank you so so much!

          • Carolyn Meyer

            I can see it now! 🙂 I figured teaspoon was the most logical measurement, but I wanted to make sure. It’s currently cooking on the stove, can’t wait to try it!

          • Yes of course I for sure understand. I was looking at it like “Hey you – I fixed you! Why you gotta misbehave?!” Cannot wait to hear what you think of the soup! I just made the stew/side-dish version today with some extra cayenne pepper added, fluffy rice, and a dollop of sour cream – GAHHhh so in love!

  • 5 stars
    Stunning photos of a delicious soup, Jenn! This will definitely go into one of my weekly meal plans. I love the idea of adding rice or maybe some barley because I have a thing for that. Can’t wait to try these flavors – LOVE! Sharing all over 🙂

    • Jenn

      It’s so so good with rice! Once I’m off whole30 I’m ricing it up <3 Thanks so much Robyn!

  • Mo

    Looks yummy.
    Do the dried lentils not need to soak?

    • Jenn

      Thanks Mo! In this dish I don’t soak them and it comes out great! If you’d like to soak + drain while you’re prepping ingredients you absolutely can. 🙂

  • I love all the spices and aromatic flavours going on in this madras lentil soup. It looks so warming, comforting and delicious – perfect for the weather now.

  • How about you guys meet halfway way and call it a stoup? Regardless.. I’m calling it a bowl of deliciousness! Loving what you have going on here And I’m definitely going to me making this soon! Thanks for sharing♡

  • Donna Watkins

    5 stars
    Another great recipe from Peasandcrayons! Oh my, this was good! The sprinkling of goat cheese added a great finish to the soup. Can’t wait to make it again!

  • Colleen

    5 stars
    I love lentils sooooo much. Thanks for “reminding” me 😉 All of these recipes look amazing!!

  • Wow. Your pictures are gorgeous Jenn! I tried to photo a soup recipe and it looked like punishment!

    I say stew. #wolfpack

    • Jenn

      Soup is SO HARD TO PHOTOGRAPH!!! Ohmygosh I feel you! You should see how bad some of these shots are, lol

  • Marnie

    5 stars
    Mmm I like the idea of adding the red kidney beans… thanks for the great options!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Marnie! =)

  • Soup or stew…either way this looks delicious!

  • I have all of these things in the pantry or fridge as I type…even the rice, although don’t tell Paul. It looks super soupy to me. Can’t wait to take this bad boy for a spin.

    • Jenn

      I’ll await your verdict oh recipe tester! <3 Love you like whoah!

  • Honestly? I don’t care if it’s a soup or stew as long as you pass a bowl right along. Legume aficionado is my second name. Okay, and on second looks: it’s a soup. Definitely.

    • Jenn

      That’s a pretty stellar middle name. I say you put it on your business cards 😉 xoxo

  • Yum this looks great! I just send my sister a link to your website because I think she will love it too!! You are seriously so amazing and creative with your recipes! 🙂

  • Seriously, perfect timing with this one. My husband just asked me last night about making a lentil soup. I’m going to try out your recipe ASAP!

    • Jenn

      Yay!!!! It was meant to be! Thanks Angie!

  • Danielle

    It certainly looks like soup (I imagine stew much more thick and meaty usually)

    P.S. Imaginary Paul seems kinda creepy.. you should really talk to him about that 😉

    • Jenn

      I told him what imaginary Paul said to me and he frowned. “I would have called you Bird.”

  • This sounds SO good! I’m definitely bookmarking this one for later 🙂

    • Jenn

      Dooooooo itttttt! <3

  • Taca

    5 stars
    Definitely pinning this for meal planning! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Taca!

  • 5 stars
    Looks great! Pinning and Facebooking! (scheduled for lunch time over on Cooking Chat)

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much David! <3 You're the best!

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