Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is made with an effortless homemade stock, lentils, and vegetables make this soul hearty and healthy at the same time.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword lentil soup, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 133 kcal



  • 10 cups water
  • 1 lb marrow bones
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

Lentil Soup:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 plum tomatoes peeled
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 6-8 cup stock from above
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
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  1. Add 10 cups of water to a cooking pot. Set heat to medium-high.

  2. Combine marrow bones, bay leaves, and coriander seeds in a pot with water. Bring it to boil.

  3. Lower the heat to low and cook stock for 2-3 hours.

  4. When stock is done, strain it off though a fine strainer and discard the bones, coriander seeds, and bay leaves. 

Lentil Soup:

  1. Rinse lentils in cold water and set aside. Dice onion, celery, tomatoes, and carrot.

  2. Preheat a 3-4 quart pot over medium heat and add a little oil for cooking the veggies.

  3. Add onion, carrots, and celery to the pot and saute until softened and starts to brown.

  4. Press garlic and add it to the pot. Stir and cook until garlic is fragrant.

  5. Add diced tomatoes and cook until softened. Stir in lentils, mix and cook for a couple of minutes.

  6. Pour in tomato sauce and 6 cups of prepared stock.

  7. Stir in ground coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Taste to make sure you have enough salt and other seasonings.

  8. Mix well, and lower the temperature to medium-low. Cover but leave a crack for steam to escape.

  9. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour, until the lentils are completely cooked and soft. Make sure to stir occasionally.

  10. If the soup is getting too thick, add more stock. (I usually use 8 cups total for the 1 lb bag of lentils.)

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1675IU34%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.