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Italian Style Lentil Soup is the perfect protein packed soup to start the year off right. This lentil soup features green lentils, vegetables, kale, and a mix of rosemary, thyme and oregano to create a savory, flavorful soup. Your family will love this healthy, vegan soup during those cold winter days. 

Italian Style Lentil Soup with a gold spoon.

ITALIAN STYLE LENTIL SOUP 

January always means I have soups on rotation.

I love creating filling, healthy soups to feed my family.

This Italian Style Lentil Soup boasts a rainbow of vegetables including carrots, celery, diced tomatoes, red bell peppers, kale and zucchini.

The vegetables are then paired with the lentils, vegetable broth, spices and bay leaves and is simmered to create the perfect warming bowl of soup.

Finish the soup off with a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh parsley, crushed red pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

Make sure to serve this soup with crusty bread to soak up all of those delicious juices. 

If you are meal-prepping for the week this soup works great and will make nice leftovers for the week.

You also can freeze this soup and have it on hand for a busy night.

When you need a healthy, filling meal that is easy to make this Italian Style Lentil Soup is the recipe for you! 

Many of you have made some of my lentil soups like this Moroccan Carrot Red Lentil Soup, Lebanese Lentil Soup and this Lemon Lentil Soup.

Italian Style Lentil Soup ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE ITALIAN STYLE LENTIL SOUP?

VEGETABLES: CARROTS, CELERY, BELL PEPPERS, ZUCCHINI

GREEN LENTILS

SPICES: OREGANO, THYME, ROSEMARY

DICED TOMATOES

TOMATO PASTE

VEGETABLE BROTH 

KALE

Italian Style Lentil Soup in white bowls.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS LENTIL SOUP?

Heat the olive oil large pot over medium heat.

Sauté the garlic until soft, about 2 minutes then add carrot, celery, bell pepper and zucchini, oregano, thyme and rosemary and sauté for 5 minutes..

Add the lentils, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Italian Style Lentil Soup in a big pot.

Add the kale and stir until the kale is wilted.

Serve warm with lemon wedges, crushed red pepper, freshly parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Italian Style Lentil Soup with wooden spoon.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS ITLIAN STYLE LENTIL SOUP 

VEGETABLES: You can add additional vegetables to this soup too.

Some options are bell peppers, cauliflower, jalapeños for spice, potatoes or sweet potatoes.

GARNISH: Garnishes are always a great way to take a soup to the next level.

Some garnishes I love in this lentil soup is feta cheese {of course the soup won’t be vegan if you use feta}, fresh cilantro and parsley, Greek or plain yogurt swirled in to create a thicker, creamier soup.

BEANS: Try adding beans to accompany the lentils in this soup. Two options I love to use are chickpeas or white beans. 

GRAIN: Sometimes I like to add a grain to my soups.

You can try brown rice, white rice or quinoa. 

MEAT: If you want to add meat to your soup try adding sausage, diced chicken, ground pork or even some crispy bacon. 

LENTILS: You can use any lentil you like. I often will use red lentils because they become soft easily when making a soup. You could also use brown or yellow lentils. 

BLEND: You can leave this soup chunky or you can blend it. With this soup I blend it with a hand held immersion blender. I blend all of the soup but some people prefer to just blend half of the soup.

Italian Style Lentil Soup with bread.

OTHER LENTIL RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

LENTIL MUSHROOM STEW

LENTIL SWEET POTATO STEW RECIPE

RED LENTIL CURRY

MEDITERRANEAN LENTIL SALAD

SLOW COOKER LENTIL SOUP

LENTIL SPINACH SOUP

RED LENTIL COCONUT SOUP

MOROCCAN RED LENTIL SOUP

Italian Style Lentil Soup with logo.

Italian Style Lentil Soup with a gold spoon.

Italian Style Lentil Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Italian Style Lentil Soup is the perfect protein packed soup to start the year off right. This lentil soup features green lentils, vegetables, kale, and a mix of rosemary, thyme and oregano to create a savory, flavorful soup. Your family will love this healthy, vegan soup during those cold winter days. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into halves
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups green or brown lentils, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps. tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups kale, chopped {or greens of your choice}
  • Garnish:
  • Fresh Italian parsley
  • Lemon wedges
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. Heat the olive oil large pot over medium heat. Sauté the garlic until soft, about 2 minutes then add carrot, celery, bell pepper and zucchini, oregano, thyme
      and rosemary and sauté for 5 minutes..
    2. Add the lentils, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
    3. Add the kale and stir until the kale is wilted.
    4. Serve warm with lemon wedges, crushed red pepper, freshly parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Notes

You can eat the soup as is with the chunks of carrots, lentils and tomatoes or you can use a handheld immersion blender or regular blender to create a creamy soup. Sometimes I blend half and keep half chunky.

Store this soup in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days. You also can freeze this soup for up to 3 months.

Today’s post is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Kim

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Julia, I love this soup so much! Due to our work schedules, we only cook meals once a week and this one is perfect for a week! I love all the vegetables and that little bit of lemon juice is such a nice touch. Thank you!

Julia

Thursday 19th of January 2023

It is so easy to throw together which is nice! Glad you like it. I always like using it throughout the week for leftovers too because it holds up well. Enjoy!

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