Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

I've written so many lentil soup recipes for this site (and for my books), that I remember telling myself to take a break for a while. So, while I haven't published one in a while, I rarely go more than a week without making some sort of lentil soup goodness. Trying other lentil soups I come across is also a great way to expand my line-up, and brothy, creamy, chunky, pureed, spiced, and straight versions are all are fair game as far as I'm concerned. Here's a list of some tried-and-true favorites, and some great takes I've come across from out and about.

1. Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup - (QUITOKEETO)
Not technically lentil soup, but close enough. A ginger and curry-spiked yellow split pea stunner. Leftovers freeze well, and this makes an A+ lunch. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

2. Coconut Red Lentil Soup - (101 Cookbooks)
One of the top ten best soups of my life. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

3. Crockpot Detox Lentil Soup - (Pinch of Yum)
For the crockpot enthusiasts out there. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

4. Persian New Year Noodle Soup - (101 Cookbooks)

This is my favorite soup (yes, ever) and it has lentils in it, so I'm including it here. At its core we're talking about a bean and noodle soup featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans, making the soup hearty and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you've got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup - chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. From deep in the 101 archives. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

5. Smoky Sweet Potato Lentil Tortilla Soup - (The Bojon Gourmet)
Lentil soup meets tortilla soup in brothy sweet potato-studded bowls of chipotle warmed goodness. More details here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

6. Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter - (101 Cookbooks)
Green lentils (or split peas), topped with a curried brown butter drizzle, and pan-fried paneer cubes. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

7. Indian Lentil Soup / Dal Shorva - (The Woks of Life)
When you're ready to really raid your spice cupboard, this is the recipe. This is a recipe to turn to if you find yourself coming down with a cold anytime soon. Get the full recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

8. Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup - (101 Cookbooks)
This is what I make when I need a bit of a reset. Make a big pot, and then eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

9. Yellow Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup - (Will Frolic for Food)
This Chitra Agrawal recipe caught my attention because it cleverly incorporates coconut, but not coconut milk. So, the broth stays hearty but not creamy - hits the spot when you want something filling but not overly decadent. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

Bonus! Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable with Split Red Lentils - (A Beautiful Plate)
Adding this at the last minute. Another slow cooker option. This one with a minestrone angle.
Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

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Comments

Another great roundup! These are great recipe reminders and got me into cooking mode again! So, thanks. I have made your take on the New Year Noodle Soup for every Jan 1st since the day you posted it all those years ago. It's become a tradition to make on New Years Eve that we look forward to. Also, made the coconut red lentil soup this weekend again and it's still tops around here. Thank you for all you do to inspire home cooks. I sure do appreciate it :)

HS: Thanks for the nice note Cheri! Knowing that some of these recipes make a jump into kitchens like yours is what keeps me inspired! :) xx, -h

Cheri

Very nice and inspirational assortment of lentil recipes.
Thank you!

Nicole

You have several here that are new to me. Saving this for our weekly soup night (which is also a meat-free meal).

Taste of France

Heidi, thank you for this list (and the others!). I look forward to exploring it as winter comes. I do want to mention one of my favorite lentil soups from Orangette, I have made it many times, often as written or as a base for whatever I have to add to the pot. Thank you. It's nice to have you here again. Keep it coming!

HS: xo Karina! Always big love for Molly.

Karina

Now I'm in the mood for lentil soup. I've been craving it ever since a colleague made me some and I tried to remake it but mine ends up mushy.

Kim

Thank You! I've been cooking more with lentils lately and taking a break from all the pasta. What a great assortment of Yum!

Sabell

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