20-Minute Lentil Soup

Ah, is there a food as comforting as soup? Warm, savory, aromatic. The perfect adieu dish for a cold cold winter that is soon to be over (tomorrow, in fact!). 

The problem with soup is that it’s often unhealthy. Now, I’m certainly not opposed to the occasional splurge on cheese and butter and sugar, but soup is one of those foods for which a serving size less than a large bowl is simply not socially acceptable here in America.

And after you’ve been raised by your mother to finish all of your soup and mop up the bowl with a crunchy baguette, any sort of ridiculously unhealthy soup is like holding your health hostage.

The solution? Adding plenty of lentils, one of my favorite proteinaceous and fibrous vegetables. They’re unobtrusive in terms of taste and they lend a great deal of heartiness.

And they even look kind of cute.

20-Minute Lentil Soup

One of the best things about soup is its versatility. Add in whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand: cilantro, parsley, etc. You can also throw in any meats you might need…think chicken lentil soup—yum!


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups water or broth


1. Soak lentils overnight. This will save you so much time when it comes to cooking them.

Soaked lentils
Trust me, I’m a doctor kind of not really.

2. Chop up the veggies.

Chopped vegetables
Roughly does it.

3. Sauté together garlic, carrots, and onion. Add whatever meats or other veggies you have on hand. 

Saute vegetables
If you give up here, you have a delicious stir fry, so you really can’t lose.

4. Add in the water and soaked lentils, and then add a tsp of salt. Keep at a low boil until the lentils and veggies are soft, about 15 minutes.

Lentil soup
This is the part where you praise cheeses for giving you the wisdom to soak lentils overnight.

Now for my favorite step: enjoy in your favorite red ramekin…

Lentil soup

with a few saltine crackers.

Lentil soup

So healthy I need a good dose of Dark Chocolate Ganache. Oh wait that’s healthy too.


QOTD: What’s your favorite kind of soup?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this soup, sometimes I add 1 or 2 bay leaves 🙂

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      That sounds delicious!

  2. Looks delicious. I love that it only takes 20 minutes. Very comforting, indeed.

  3. rosemoor says:

    It’s one am. Thanks for reminding me to soak my lentils before I hit the sack. 🙂

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Heehee my pleasure!

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