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How to Make Lentil Soup

Today I’m going to show you how to make lentil soup. Lentil soup is a favorite weeknight dinner because it comes together fast and its filling. This lentil soup is easy, flavorful, yummy and perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

lentil soup in a white bowl

What I love about lentil soup is that I can use any leftover veggies I have in my fridge before they go bad and make a wonderful soup.

So I really feel like lentil soup is a great way to clean out my fridge and eat my veggies!

If you’ve never had lentils before I highly suggest you give them a try.

What are lentils?

Lentils are legumes like beans. However they cook a lot faster than beans which is why I like them so much. Lentils don’t have to be soaked but they do need to be rinsed and sorted before cooking.

Easy lentil soup

First chop up all your veggies. There’s roma tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Set them aside.

vegetables for lentil soup

Now this is what’s going to give the soup lots of flavor. Bacon! Cook the chopped bacon in a pot over medium heat until crispy.

Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Pour out most of the bacon grease leaving only a couple tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot.

I like to save my bacon grease. It gives good flavor to green beans, refried beans and many other foods.

bacon for lentil soup

Put the rinsed and sorted lentils in a different pot with one bay leaf and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer covered for about 15 minutes.

While the lentils are simmering heat up the pot with bacon grease over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.

sauteeing onion and garlic

Now add the tomatoes and cook until softened.

chopped tomatoes cooking with onion and garlic

Then add the carrots, celery and spices and stir. Reduce heat to medium low. Add the lentils and the water they simmered with to the pot with veggies. Simmer covered for another 15 minutes.

cooking vegetables in bacon grease

Add the cooked bacon to the finished lentil soup along with some chopped cilantro.

The soup is now ready to be served.

lentil soup

Looking for more delicious chilly weather recipes? Try these:

Easy Lentil soup

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and most of all I hope you will make it! It’s great during the chilly weather seasons.

This soup is easily adapted. You can add the veggies of your choice and it can be made spicy by adding a chopped jalapeno while cooking the onion and garlic.

finished lentil soup

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How to Make Lentil Soup

This delicious lentil soup is filling and full of flavor

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword lentil soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 178 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes choppes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped (optional)
  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 1/3 cup lentils rinsed and sorted
  • 5 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  1. Cook the chopped bacon in a pot over medium heat until crispy.

  2. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

  3. Leave a few tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot.

  4. Put the lentils in a different pot with the bay leaf and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer covered for 15 minutes.

  5. Heat up the pot with the bacon grease over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes.

  6. Add the tomatoes and cook until softened.

  7. Now add the carrots, celery, chicken bouillon, pepper and cumin. Stir and reduce heat to medium low.

  8. Add the lentils and the water to the pot with veggies. Continue to simmer for 15 more minutes.

  9. Add the cooked bacon and cilantro. Stir.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2018IU40%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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