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Lebanese Lentil Soup

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Lebanese Lentil Soup is rich, warming soup that combines red lentils, vegetables, curry powder, cumin and lemon juice. This soup naturally gluten-free and vegan, is easy to make and freezes well for later! 

Lebanese Lentil Soup in white mug

LEBANESE LENTIL SOUP

The farmers market where I live has a vendor that sells Mediterranean food.

Of course every trip I make to the farmers market I have to stop at their booth and pick up some of their hummus, tabbouleh and their lentil soup.

I have become slightly obsessed with their lentil soup.

I have a few lentil soup recipes on my site, including this Moroccan Red Lentil Soup and this Red Lentil Coconut Soup but nothing like theirs.

Lebanese Lentil Soup with crushed red pepper

I started working on a recipe that tastes similar to their soup and came pretty close to creating a soup that tastes like theirs.

The difference between my other lentil soups and this Lebanese Lentil Soup is the spices. 

This Vegetarian Lentil Soup uses curry powder and cumin.

It creates a unique, warm flavor and works really nicely with the lemon juice.

If you are looking for a healthy soup this is the one for you. It is naturally gluten-free and vegan. 

Lebanese Lentil Soup with parsley

WHAT LENTILS WORK BEST IN THIS EASY LENTIL SOUP?

I prefer to use red lentils {they look orange} when I make this soup but you can also use yellow lentils if you have those on hand.

Both of those lentils have a softer texture once cooked which I think works nicely in soups. 

HOW DO I FREEZE THIS LEBANESE LENTIL SOUP RECIPE?

Curry Lentil Soup freezes well for up to several months in an airtight container.

I like to make a batch of this soup and freeze half for later.

It makes a nice, quick meal when you need to put a healthy meal on the table.

Make sure you cool your soup completely in the fridge before you put it in the freezer.

When you are ready to reheat the soup, you can thaw it on the counter and then reheat or thaw in the fridge overnight. 

Lebanese Lentil Soup with spoon

HOW TO MAKE LENTIL SOUP IN THE CROCK POT

I have a Moroccan Red Lentil Soup recipe that is made in the slow cooker.

Here is how easy it is to make a lentil soup in the crockpot:

  • Add all ingredients into the slow cooker except the lemon juice and stir to mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until the lentils are soft or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  • When the soup is finished cooking puree the soup in portions if you would like a creamier soup.

 

 

  • I use a handheld immersion blender, but you can use a regular blender.
  • Add the soup back to the pot, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve warm with garnishes of your choice- parsley, cilantro, yogurt and crushed red pepper.

Lebanese Lentil Soup in white bowl

HOW DO YOU MAKE A LENTIL SOUP IN THE INSTANT POT?

I also have a Moroccan Red Lentil Soup that I make in the instant pot. It is easy and that same technique can be used for today’s Lebanese Lentil Soup. 

  • You start this soup by sautéing the vegetables and spices in your pressure cooker for about 6 minutes.
  • You add the red lentils, diced tomatoes and broth and set your pressure cooker to manual high for 3 minutes.

 

  • Once it is done cooking you use the quick release valve to release the pressure.
  • You then can puree a portion of the soup, all of it or leave it chunky.
  • It tastes great any way you like it.
  • The garnishes I like to add to my soup are fresh cilantro, a dollop of yogurt and crushed red pepper. 

Lebanese Lentil Soup Collage

COOKING TIPS AND VARIATIONS FOR THIS VEGGIE LENTIL SOUP

BEANS: Try adding beans to accompany the lentils in this soup.

Two options I love are chickpeas or white beans. 

VEGETABLES: You can add additional vegetables to this soup.

Some options are bell peppers, cauliflower, jalapeños for spice, zucchini, 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.

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

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. 

BLEND: I like red lentils because they break down and become soft.

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.

 

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:

Immersion blender: I love using immersion blenders when I need to puree a soup. They are easy to use and easy to clean! 

Soup Cup: These make a nice cup to hold your lentil soup in. 

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Lebanese Lentil Soup with spoon

Lebanese Lentil Soup

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Lebanese Lentil Soup is rich, warming soup that combines red lentils, vegetables, curry powder, cumin and lemon juice. This soup naturally gluten-free and vegan, is easy to make and freezes well for later! 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced {about 2 cups}
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • GARNISHES:
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Feta cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cilantro
  • Extra lemon juice

Instructions

    1. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    2. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes then add the spices and continue to sauté about 4 minutes. Add the carrots and sauté until carrots are tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add the celery and satue another 2 minutes.
    3. Add the vegetable broth and lentils and stir to combine. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
    4. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Use an immersion blender and blend the soup to your liking.
    6. Serve the soup with fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and fresh lemon juice.
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Jennifer

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I made this Lebanese lentil soup yesterday & apart from adding 1/2 tsp turmeric with the other listed spices, I followed the recipe to the letter. We have often had Lebanese soup in restaurants & thought this recipe produced absolutely outstanding soup, and we finished it off tonight!

Julia

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

I am glad you liked it! I like the idea of adding turmeric- such a healthy addition too. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Ania

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Do you add the celery at the same time with carrots, or later?

Julia

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Sorry! I will adjust that. You add them a bit after the carrots because they cook faster. Updating now!

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