Saturday, January 20, 2024

Thick Lentil Soup and Vegetables

Lentil Soup in Gray Ceramic Bowl

Soup is always welcome in our home, especially in the winter. 
This thick plant-based lentil soup contains two kinds of lentils: 
red and brown.

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It requires very little prep (10-15 minutes?) and has a wonderful flavor. The best part for me is that it is made with water, not broth. This means I can keep the sodium content much lower

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Have you ever read how much sodium is in a cup of commercially prepared chicken or vegetable broth? 
So much that it's scary... 

I make soup in the Instant Pot, but this can easily be made in a soup pot on the stove top as well. 

The flavor in this soup comes from the vegetables and spices. 
It makes its own broth.

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It's a quick easy to make comfort food that will warm you up on a cold winter night.

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Healthy too!!!- with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber! It is so easy to enjoy a hearty plant-based, gluten-free soup!

Lentil Soup

Author of the Blog: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes in IP (does not count heat up time)
Serves: 8 bowls

1/2 cup of brown lentils
1 and 1/2 cups of red lentil 
3 carrots, diced 
1 medium zucchini, diced
a large handful of baby spinach 
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 
1/2 jar of chunky salsa 
9 cups of water
2 bay leaves (remove before eating the soup)
optional: 1 medium potato diced (I didn't this time)
salt and pepper 

Add lentils to the insert liner of the Instant Pot. Wash well and drain. Add carrots, zucchini, spinach, cumin, garlic powder, salsa, water and bay leaves. Secure lid, make sure the IP is sealed, and set to pressure cook for 11 minutes - When done, allow to sit for 10 minutes and then release steam according to the manufacturer's directions. When all steam is released, carefully remove the lid and serve. Taste and add salt and Pepper to taste.

My Notes: 
1. Convert this recipe into a stew by adding 2 cups of cooked chickpeas after cooking.
2. This soup will continue to thicken everyday on its own because the red lentils absorb the liquid. Just add a cup of water or broth before reheating if necessary. 


  1. goodmorning, looks delicious I have not made a lentil soup in years and we always liked it. I made a navy bean soup for us yeasterday. Kathy

  2. I like that combo of brown and red lentils! Funny, I love a diced potato or two lentil soup as well.

  3. That sounds good. I made a vegetable soup with cheddar cheese last night. Love your recipes and there are so many variations when you make soup, you usually have the ingredients for a good pot of soup any time! Happy weekend!

  4. The soup sounds really warming, hearty and delicious.

  5. That looks wonderful -- especially on a day like today!

  6. Guess what? I made a big pot of lentil soup earlier today and can't wait to eat it. Your recipe and pics look fabulous, and I may use this recipe to make lentil soup next time. Have a fun weekend and be well.

  7. Your soups always look so delicious. And this lentil soup hits the spot on those cold Winter days. I just had chicken noodle soup yesterday. ; )


  8. Soup is on the menu here every week too! Turkey soup tomorrow.

  9. I would love a portion of this soup just now, it's sooooo cold and icy here! Have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

  10. It's definitely soup season where I live!

  11. I love lentil soup! Yours looks very similar to what we had for dinner last night, but I used homemade broth (thus no salt issues) and had to swap the proportion of brown and red lentils based on what was in the pantry.

  12. I'm not a fan of lentils, unless blended into a soup. What is in the salsa?
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  13. This sounds so good and healthy, I've never had lentil soup, I must try!

  14. It sounds like a delicious and warming soup for the winter.....Abrazotes, Marcela

  15. This looks wonderful, it's soup season here with cloudy and rainy days. Thanks!

  16. Soup is always welcome in our home too 😋
    I'd love to try this.

    Happy Monday, Judee!

  17. Yes, Soup is always welcome in our home too and our preference is for thick soups like yours.

  18. YUM... the combination of cumin, garlic and salsa sounds absolutely wonderful. I also love how you used the Instant Pot to prepare this soup. That really speeds up the whole process.

  19. I too was shocked when I read the sodium content on chicken broth! It's good to know there are better options out there. 😮🍗

  20. Oh I love lentil soup, especially when it is super thick, stew-like - so this version is calling my name! Great idea to use two types of lentils for a more complex nutty flavour.

  21. I have never made lentil soup before, believe it or not. This looks to be a good one. I’m intrigued by the inclusion of salsa.

  22. Mmmmm....I was just thinking about lentil soup today. Bill won't eat it and it will be perfect for lunch this week!!! So flavorful!

  23. I make a lentil soup similar with slightly different spices - isn't lentil soup wonderful?


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