Easy Lemon Lentil Soup

It was grey and rainy in Toronto today, so when dinner rolled around, I decided to try this Lentil Lemon Soup recipe. It contains very few ingredients and it’s quick and easy to prepare, making it a perfect weekday meal.

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

On lentils…

  • According to Wikipedia, Canada is the world’s #1 producer of lentils. I definitely did not know that before today!
  • Don’t be scared of lentils. I must admit that I don’t use them as much as I should. But I’m making a consorted effort to change that. Why? Well, because they’re cheap, easy to use, and full of protein. So, as I discover and create new recipes, you’ll be seeing a lot more lentils around here.
Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free
Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free Easy Lemon Lentil Soup- Vegan & Gluten-Free

Notes about the recipe

  • I modified the original recipe by swapping the chicken stock with vegetable stock to make it vegan. Otherwise, I kept it as-is.
  • Please don’t be put-off by the somewhat bland color of this soup. Once garnished with fresh parsley or cilantro (fresh coriander) and additional hot pepper flakes, it’s a simple but beautiful soup. Oh, and it tastes great!

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January 20, 2014 – I made this again tonight, and tossed 2 cups of chopped kale in at the end. Besides boosting the nutrition of this already super-healthy soup, it added some nice color and texture. I’ve added it as an option in the recipe, below.

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Easy Lemon Lentil Soup
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This soup contains lentils and other pantry staples, so it's easy to make and is full of protein. Vegan and gluten-free.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 5-6
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • pinch hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 cups dry red lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups kale or spinach, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (or cilantro / coriander), finely chopped
  1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic and hot pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add cumin, lentils, broth, salt & pepper, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender and soup is beginning to thicken, about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in lemon juice and kale/spinach (if using). Serve sprinkled with parsley/cilantro.
Adapted from: http://www.lentils.ca/recipes/lentil-lemon-soup

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  1. nycxx says:

    Looks good. Will try it out this weekend!

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks! Let me know what you think :)

  2. All of a sudden it turned chilly out again so this soup would be perfect. Plus I always love easy!

    • vegangela says:

      Exactly. It’s like Fall weather out there. Going to check out your blog now…

  3. Nicole says:

    What amazing comfort food! Bonus points that it is so easy to make. I’m really enjoying working my way through the recipes you have posted on this site.

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much! :)

  4. Ali says:

    I’m making this today! I’m waiting for it to cook as we speak. I actually decided to making my own vegetable stock. It turned out really well. Hoping the end product is delicious!

    • vegangela says:

      Sweet. I hope you liked it!

  5. Kate says:

    Love this soup. Very easy to make and you are right, the colour looks a tad bland but the flavours are amazing. It also freezes well and keeps its yummy flavour, winner!

  6. Katarina says:

    Do you think it would be possible to make the soup and then put it in the freezer so I’d have some quick meals for the rest of the week?? I’m not sure which soups are freezable and which aren’t…

    • vegangela says:

      Absolutely! If you look to the top of the page, I’ve marked the recipe as Freezer-Friendly (http://vegangela.com/tag/freezer-friendly). I make and freeze this soup all the time, and it works great! Just stir it up well after re-heating :)

      • Katarina says:

        Yeah, right after I posted that comment I looked at that tag! Thank you anyways! :)

  7. Megan says:

    Just discovered your space! Loving all the recipes! Can’t wait to try them out!!

    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much for those kind words! If you have a moment, let me know which recipes you try :)

  8. Ana says:

    I just made this recipe and I loved it!
    I will try other recipes from your website.
    Thank you for this great recipe.

    • Yay! Glad to hear it. Thanks for writing :)

  9. Gina says:

    Made this soup and devouring it as we speak, LOVE IT <3 wonderful flavours and so easy!

  10. Sandi Sutton says:

    Why the lemon??

  11. Kayoko says:

    OMG! I LOVE this soup – so light but flavorful and so easy!!! You are genius to put lemon juice (I just squeezed in the serving bowl and made such a difference! :) Kale addition was an excellent idea too! Thank you!!!

  12. Karla says:

    Loved it (twice in the last week). Only quibble is with “Serves: 5-6”–I can’t stop eating it! Delicious with kale, the garlic, kick of pepper and brightness of lemon are so wonderful.

  13. Melania says:

    I absolutely love this soup and it leaves me wanting more and more of it =D

  14. Holly says:

    I love this soup! I think I could eat it everyday. So delicious! Will definitely make it again!

  15. judi says:

    Love your creative and healthy ideas! Best I’ve seen so far. Thanks for your photos and recipes. I shall be trying them from now on. Getting tired of my own great cooking! :)

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