Lentil Soup ~ Great Meatless Dish for Lent or Beyond

During Lent, I will make lentil soup at least a few times.  It is a great vegetarian dish to have and can be supplemented with a warm crusty bread or a grilled cheese sandwich for hungry bellies.  My family loves this dish and I’ve received compliments when bringing it to Soup and Stations on Fridays in Lent at our church.



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Preparing to Cook the Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is so easy to make with all of the ‘work’ being done up front with the prep and cooking of vegetables.  I usually gather all my ingredients, move to chopping the vegetables and then will sauté them for a brief while before everything goes into the pot for a long simmer.


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Lentil Soup ~ Recipe

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Lentil Soup ~ Great Meatless Dish for Lent or Beyond
Easy to prepare vegetarian lentil soup.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 12
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  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 to 6 stalks of celery, washed and sliced
  • 4 to 6 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, crushed or diced (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetarian chicken boullion powder
  • 1 lb. dried lentils
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 to 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 small bay leaves
  1. Prepare all diced vegetables and rinse the lentils.
  2. In skillet, saute the diced onion, celery, carrots and garlic (if used).
  3. In soup pot, bring the water to a boil. Add chicken boullion powder, stirring to dissolve.
  4. Add sauteed vegetables, lentils, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and bay leaf.
  5. Simmer on low to medium heat (a slow rolling boil) for an hour.
  6. Remove bay leaves and serve with salt and pepper to taste.
If you are not trying to keep it vegan, you can top with some sliced cheese. Sharp cheddar works really well with this particular soup. We enjoy having this with either slices of warm, crusty bread or a grilled cheese sandwich. I have made this without the bouillon powder and it is still fine. The chicken broth adds a depth to the flavor which we enjoy,


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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. This is one of my favorite soups to make. I love lentils.

  2. I made this tonight, though I adapted it a bit to suit my tastes. You can see a photo on Fridgg.com (Freda Mans) where I gave you credit. :-)
    Thanks for a great dinner idea!

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  3. I’ve never actually had lentils, but this sounds good!

  4. I have never had Lentils, but am always looking for meal ideas for Lent!
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  5. This is a great recipe for a cold night!
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  6. I worked in a restaurant once where lentil soup was a big favorite!
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  1. […] set aside that time each week to reflect upon Christ’s Passion.  This past week, I brought lentil soup (only I used just 8 cups of water and made it in the crockpot on high for 4 hours) to share.  […]

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