Looking for more meatless dinner options without spending hours in the kitchen? Try this simple yet hearty lentil-soup recipe.

Stovetop Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 ¼ cups)
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped (about 1 ¼ cups)
  • 2 cups lentils, green or brown, rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low sodium
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the garlic and onion, cook for two minutes or until slightly softened.
  2. Add the celery and carrots and cook for seven to 10 minutes or until softened.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the lemon and salt.
  4. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to simmer for 35 to 40 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice just before serving.

Adapted from: recipetineats.com