Lentil Soup Recipe

On a cold, overcast day, Lentil Soup is such a great choice to make with grilled cheese. Our family loves to have tomato soup, literally on a weekly basis, so to shake it up today I made Lentil soup. We always have certain pantry staples on hand like carrots, onion, chicken stock or base, and a variety of spices and seasonings to make just about everything. Having these staples helps to keep the costs of meals down, while still providing a deal of variety to a weekly meal plan.

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Updated March 1, 2022

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all ingredients on countertop for lentil soup

Since I started making homemade foods from scratch, I realize I cannot go back to packaged foods without having complications. For instance, insomnia, gut issues, headaches, and children with a serious case of the crabby. If you have had these experiences, I would really stress making dinners from scratch ingredients to see if the processed foods are the culprit. Additionally, you will know with 100% certainty what is in your food!

carrot and garlic and onion diced and cut in bowls on countertop
Shredded carrot, minced garlic, diced onion, and 1 sweet pepper diced.

Today I was blessed with a helper. Matthew helped me in the kitchen and was my camera operator, when he was not taking pictures of Levi or Elliana. And yes, that is an avocado tree I grew from a pit on the windowsill! I was even able to score an actual coffee plant from our local grocery store. It smells amazing! I enjoy having the kids in the kitchen as my helpers, when they are being helpful and not loud. Four kids often get loud when they each want a spot next to me at the stove.

Levi excited in kitchen with Monica cooking food
This kid! Levi seriously is the cutest!

What you need

6 Quart Pan with Lid
Knife
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ladle
Spatula
Cheese Shredder
Blender

Lentil Soup Ingredients

1/4 Cup Oil
1 Cup Lentils
2 Carrots, peeled and either diced or shredded
1 Cup kale, fresh, chopped
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
4 Cup Broth
2 Cup Water
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cumin
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 Onion, diced
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

all ingredients needed for lentil soup on countertop by cutting board

Directions

1. Firstly, heat 1/4 cup oil in a 6-Quart pan on Medium-High. Secondly, dice onion and carrot and set aside. You know when the oil is ready because it will ripple, like waves.

oil warming in large pot on stove

2. When the oil is hot, add diced onion and shredded (or diced) carrot, then cook for 2-4 minutes and stir often.

onion and carrot cooking in large pot
cook the carrot, pepper and onion

3. Thirdly, add minced garlic, cumin, curry, and thyme. Continue cooking and stir constantly for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

minced garlic, cumin, curry and thyme added to lentil soup pot
add the seasonings and cook

4. Drain the can of diced tomatoes and then add them to the pot, cooking 1-3 more minutes, stirring often with a spatula. I love mine from Rachel Ray! They come in three sizes and are such a great deal with free shipping!

can diced tomatoes added to lentil soup pot

5. Rinse lentils and then pour them into the pot. Add the lentils before any liquid to avoid splashes.

lentils added to lentil soup pot

6. Add water and broth, then mix well with a spatula. If you are making vegetarian, use vegetable broth.

blue spatula resting on pot with lentil soup on stove

7. Add lemon juice, and red pepper, then mix well and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Matthew was so happy to help in the kitchen. It is such a rare treat to have him offer to help, let alone be allowed to take his picture. However, this special favorite middle son of mine has a real love of learning how to cook. He has already mastered cooking fried eggs! A goal for all of our kids is to have them, one day, leave the house and know how to cook meals, for instance, not only for themselves, but for others to enjoy as well.

Matthew at stove stirring lentil soup in pot
Matthew loves to help, and I have to sneak pictures. I swear, when he is 30 and notices I have the random picture of the back of his head or himself as a blur!!

8. Collect lemon juice and then add it to the pot. Additionally, cover the pan and cook thirty more minutes. Instead of a hundred gadgets, I reuse ones I have like this orange juicer I used for the lemon tonight: Brilliant!

juicing a lemon for lentil soup

9. Using a wet measuring cup, transfer 2 cups of soup mixture to a blender. LET SIT 2-4 MINUTES so you do not blow up the blender, COVER WITH A TOWEL and blend; trust me… Let the mixture cool for a bit so you are not cleaning soup and lentils off your ceiling. Return mixture to the pot and then stir to blend. Doing so helps the soup become creamier and less of a broth soup.

cooled two cups of lentil soup in blender with towel on top

10. Rinse, chop, and then add kale to the pot and cook 5 more minutes to let the kale wilt and cook.

chopped kale on cutting board for Lentil soup

11. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste, then serve the lentil soup in a bowl and enjoy!

Lentil soup in bowl

Today I made grilled cheese using Wheat and Oatmeal bread I had taken out of the oven at 2:30pm and was was still slightly warm when I cut it to make grilled cheese. We love making grilled cheese on our griddle. It gives them a real crispy texture. For my recipe for homemade bread, check out my blog below.

homemade bread on cutting board
Colby Jack and Swiss cheese

Cost Breakdown for this Recipe

We started dinner with 6-Quarts of From Scratch Lentil Soup as I had doubled the recipe. As a result, we have leftovers for the kids for their lunches and Tyler to have lunch at work. Total, this soup cost me under $12.00.

1/4 Cup Oil $0.50
1 Cup Lentils $ $3.50
Carrots $1.00
1 Cup kale $2.00
1 Can Diced Tomatoes $0.75
4 Cup Broth $1.75
1 tsp Curry Powder $0.10
1 tsp Salt $0.10
2 tsp Cumin $0.20
4 Garlic Cloves $0.50
1/2 Lemon Juice $0.50
1/2 tsp Thyme $0.10
1 Onion, diced $0.50
1/4 tsp Black Pepper $0.10
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes $0.10

Cost: $11.20
That is $1.60 per serving!
Making soup has got to be the neatest way to stretch a budget. For instance, you can literally wash, peel, dice and add vegetables to a pot with stock, cook it for a few hours, and magically you have a delicious dinner!

Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup Ingredients

1/4 Cup Oil
1 Cup Lentils
2 Carrots, peeled and either diced or shredded
1 Cup kale, fresh, chopped
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
4 Cup Broth
2 Cup Water
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cumin
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 Onion, diced
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Directions for Lentil Soup

1. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 6 Quart pan on Medium-High heat, then, dice carrots and onion and set aside until the oil is hot.
2. When the oil is hot, add diced onion and shredded (or diced) carrot, then cook for 2-4 minutes and stir often.
3. Add minced garlic, cumin, curry, and thyme to the pot and continue cooking and stir constantly for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
4. Drain the can of diced tomatoes and then add them to the pot and cook for 1-3 more minutes, stirring often.
5. Rinse lentils and then pour them into the pot.
6. Add water and chicken or vegetarian broth to the pot and then stir to combine.
7. Add lemon juice, and red pepper, then mix well and bring to a boil.
8. Collect lemon juice and then add it to the pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover the pan, and then cook 30 minutes.
9. Using a wet measuring cup, carefully transfer 2 cups of soup to a blender. LET SIT 2-4 MINUTES so you do not blow up the blender, COVER WITH A TOWEL and blend; trust me… Let the mixture cool for a bit so you are not cleaning soup and lentils off your ceiling. Return mixture to the pot and then stir to blend.
10. Rinse, chop, and then add the kale to the pot. Cook 5 more minutes, or until the kale is tender.
11. Finally, add salt if needed, serve and enjoy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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