French Lentil Soup

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I make homemade soup for my husband every week.  He takes a mason jar off to work each day, filled with a healthful portion of vegetable goodness.  He would be happy eating the same soup, every day, every week– but that is WAY too boring for me.  I love finding new easy, healthy soup recipes, and this one from Zakka Life caught my eye as just that!  I made it, and it is a keeper, one I will make often!

Lentils are a super food.  They are inexpensive and high in protein, iron, calcium, and fiber.
The fiber in lentils helps lower cholesterol levels.  They are also beneficial in managing blood sugar because it is a low glycemic food.  The great mix of fiber and protein will fill you up and keep you full, even an hour later.


French Lentil Soup
3 Tbs olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery (I used 1/2 cup)
1 cup chopped carrots
3 garlic cloves, minced
4-5 cups chicken stock (homemade makes a world of difference!) or vegetable stock
11/4 cups dried lentils, rinsed and drained
14 oz can diced tomatoes plus juice
3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
(I also added a bit of thyme and rosemary, about 1/2 tsp thyme, and 1/4 tsp rosemary)

1. In a large pot, saute onions, garlic, carrots, and celery in olive oil for about 10-15 minutes.
2. Add lentils, chicken stock, and diced tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 35 minutes.
3. When lentils are tender, add balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Here are more of my healthy soup recipes:

Chicken Tortilla Crockpot Soup

Acorn Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

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  • HALLELUJAHS by Holly
    March 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    This looks great! My husband and I just started transitioning to a plant strong diet. We have noticed such positive affects, we are excited to keep it up. Wondering if you have any tips for freezing in mason jars. I have wasted far too much food that could have been frozen. Any specifics you have found especially helpful?!

    I am so encouraged and inspired by your blog. Loving all the recipes especially as of lately!

  • Anna Marie
    January 29, 2013 at 3:48 am

    We made this tonight & loved it! We aren’t the healthiest eaters but were looking for Daniel fast friendly meals! This was great! My mom actually reminded me of your blog & this recipe! Jake wants to take it to work tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Leslie K.
    October 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    OMG! I just found your blog this morning & am hooked! I had everything here to make this soup. It is SO GOOD! I threw in a zucchini (just because I had an extra one laying around). The whole family loved it! Looking forward to trying others on the website.

  • Andrea
    August 11, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Oh my goodness. I’m going to make this this week, even though it’s summer! Thanks for the link from your post from WFMW. 🙂 I might have to subscribe to your blog for all the great recipes!

  • Cathy M~(checkitoff)
    April 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    i have some lentils in the cupboard but didn’t know what to do with them! This looks like a great soup for spring when it is damp & cool!

  • Gigi
    April 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    That looks awesome. I must try it!!!! 🙂

  • Laurie
    April 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Yummy! I like the addition of balsamic vinegar at the end; vinegar always brightens the flavor of a bean/lentil soup.

    Did you give the Minestrone Soup a try yet? It’s great that you husband loves soup for lunch. Very Healthy! 🙂

  • Tina @
    April 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I adore soup! I’m not all that interested in salads, but warm those veggies up in a soup and I am so much more satisfied. I have a bag of lentils on my shelf. I am going to make this soup and enjoy it for lunches next week. Thank you!

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