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Lemony Lentil Soup

5 from 4 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
SERVES 6 Servings
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This cozy, hearty soup is perfect for anytime of year. My Lemony Lentil Soup is full of vibrant veggies, hearty lentils, and a rich, lemony broth that is sure to make your heart, and your belly, happy. Plus, it's gluten-free, full of plant-based protein, and is perfect for the entire family!


For the Soup

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Medium Yellow Onions finely chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic mashed
  • 3 Carrots chopped into coins
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups Green OR Brown lentils
  • 8 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice this is about two whole lemons
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

For Garnishing (optional)

  • Chopped Parsley
  • Olive Oil Drizzle
  • Parmesan Cheese


  • Heat a large soup pot or dutch oven on the stove over medium heat and add in your olive oil.
  • While the oil is heating up, prepare your vegetables. Chop your onion, carrots, celery, and mash your garlic.
  • Once the oil is hot, add your veggies into the pot along with the cumin. Stir until they start to soften, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Next, add in the tomato paste, making sure that it coats the veggies well. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  • Then, add in the lentils, broth, bay leaves, and salt and pepper. Stir again to coat everything well.
  • Bring your mixture to a gentle boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Then, take off the cover and remove the bay leaves.
  • Next, stir in the lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese.
  • Taste, and adjust with more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve your soup in a bowl with olive oil, lots of chopped parsley, and an extra sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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