Lentil Tomato Soup
This easy vegan lentil tomato soup is full of flavour, ready in about 30 minutes and made in 1-pot with simple, pantry ingredients.
Why Make this Recipe
- quick – have it on the table in about 30 minutes
- easy – you’ll need just a few minutes of prep time
- pantry and budget-friendly – made with everyday ingredients like canned tomatoes, dried herbs, broth and red lentils
- freezes well – leftovers keep well in the freezer for up to 2 months
What You’ll Need
- soup basics – onion, garlic, celery and carrots
- lentils – look for dry red lentils
- broth – any vegetable broth, stock, store-bought or homemade works great…bouillon cubes work too!
- diced tomatoes – choose organic when possible and if you can find them, choose fire-roasted for the best flavor
- herbs and spices – you’ll need bay leaves, ground thyme, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
How to Make this Recipe
Step 1. Start by chopping the onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Once you’ve prepped everything, start sauteeing the onions, garlic and carrot. Cook them over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until soft and fragrant.
Step 2. Next, add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a light simmer and cook uncovered until the lentils are tender. This should take about 20-25 minutes.
FAQs and Tips
- Make the recipe oil-free by omitting the oil and sautéing the veggies in broth or water.
- This recipe works with brown or green lentils but will require a slightly longer cooking time.
- Try different veggies like green beans, peas, potato, cauliflower, squash or bell pepper.
- Stir in a handful of chopped kale or spinach at the end to add some extra nutriiton.
Can I freeze this soup?
Yep! Let the soup cool completely then freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, either thaw in the fridge overnight or place in a large pot and reheat on the stovetop.
Can I make this soup in a slow cooker?
Yes, this soup can be made in a slow cooker. Add everything to your slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours until the veggies and lentils are tender.
More Soup Recipes
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- 1 tbsp olive oil (use water or broth for oil-free)
- 5 cloves garlic, minced (about 3–4 tbsp, minced)
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced (approx. 1.5 cups)
- 4 stalks celery, diced (approx. 1.5 cups)
- 5–6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup uncooked red lentils
- 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes with the juices
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional, for heat
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- sea salt and additional pepper, to taste
- Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
- Add the garlic, onion and carrots and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often until soft and fragrant.
- Add the celery, stock, lentils, tomatoes, herbs and spices and bring to a simmer. Start with 5 cups of broth and if needed, slowly add a little more as it cooks to adjust the thickness.
- Simmer lightly until lentils are soft and tender, approximately 20-25 minutes.
- Season with salt and additional pepper, to taste, and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Remove the bay leaves and serve right away. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 day or frozen for up to 3 months.
Make the recipe oil-free by omitting the oil and sautéing the veggies in broth or water.
This recipe works with brown or green lentils but will require a slightly longer cooking time.
Keywords: lentil tomato soup, easy lentil soup, tomato lentil soup
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on September 8, 2014. It was updated with new photos and text in April 2020.