Lentil Soup (vegan)

May 1, 2012 |  Category:   recipes

Does anyone really get excited about lentil soup? It’s a good old standby, hearty and filling, but I can’t really say I ever crave a bowl of lentil soup. But Mark made a huge pot the other day and it was SO good and flavorful, I was already looking forward to having another bowl the next day. Because we all know, soup is one of those foods that taste better the next day.

Lentil Soup (serves eight)


1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, diced

1 pound button mushrooms, roughly chopped

3 carrots, peeled and diced

3 celery stalks, diced

2 Tablespoons finely chopped rosemary

1/3 cup tomato paste

8 cups vegetable broth

1 pound lentils

Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot, add the garlic and onion, and stir while cooking for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and rosemary, cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the tomato paste followed by the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add the lentils, return to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 40 minutes with the pot covered or until the soup has thickened and the lentils are completely cooked. Season with salt and pepper. We also like to put a dash of Tabasco in our soup right before eating for an extra spicy kick.

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  • Sandra May 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Lentil soup is one of those things that SEEM like a good idea at the time…and ARE a good idea. Love the second day soup or stew – so much better!

    And the photos of it make it even MORE yummy’

  • Pink Ronnie May 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    You make it look good!
    Ronnie xo

  • Emily May 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I actually do crave lentils. We put a squeeze of lemon juice, splash of good olive oil and I put some spicy chili flakes, on top. Yum-oh!

  • oilandgarlic May 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I love lentils with sausage. Plus lentils has a “meaty” flavor that I love.

  • Elle May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I like your ceramic water/milk jug.

    I usually make my lentil soup just like that…a bit of dried chili flakes instead of Tabasco. A squeeze of lemon sounds good from the reader above.

  • Anna @ D16 May 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    This sounds really good. I always like new lentil soup recipes. I’ll make it this weekend! Thanks, Mark.

  • Rowaida Flayhan May 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Jenna, we all love lentil soup at home, I love your recipe and will sure try it. Wow mushroom and rosemary in your recipe!

  • Maria May 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I seriously love lentil soup! and being vegan, this is one of my staples (along with lentil patties!)

  • April K. May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    this looks good! I am looking forward to trying it.

    another FABULOUS lentil soup option: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2007/04/consolation-prize.html

    I can’t tell you how often I’ve made this and every time, without fail, I am asked for the recipe. my slight adjustments: I use a lot less butter and skip the clarified step; just added all the spiced to the onions with the garlic. good served with lime, hot sauce, sour cream, chopped basil/parsley, and rice (all on the side). I’ve also served it with chopped scallions instead of the fresh herbs, and that is good too.

    I hope you make and enjoy it as much as we do!

  • M May 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Looks very yummy Jenna! We’re a Vegan family so I’ll definitely give it a shot 🙂

  • Annie May 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Oh I CRAVE lentil soup. I never realized that was weird… This one looks amazing, will have to try tomorrow night!

  • caroline May 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love and crave lentil soup! and when I’m having my next craving, I’m definitely going to try this out. all the lentil soup recipes I have ask for cumin which is something I realized I don’t like in my soup.

  • JC May 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    It must be all the great vegan food available that the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years. Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

  • Karen May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I made it! And I had 2 huge bowls! My 18 month old said “yum”. Thank you, and the dash of Tabasco was genius 🙂