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Simple French Lentil Soup

So simple and so good. Lentil soup is a filling vegetarian dish, or you can add ham to taste.

Course Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword french lentil soup, french lentil soup recipe, vegetarian lentil soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soak 1 day
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 187 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 1/2 cups dry French lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 8 cloves garlic smashed and chopped
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped


  • Roasted cauliflower and broccoli
  • diced sauteed ham


  1. Rinse lentils and place in a large bowl.  Cover with water and soak for 24 hours.

  2. In a large pot saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil.  Saute for a few minutes then add chopped garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and carrots and celery begin to soften.  Add stock, thyme and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for about an hour or until lentils and vegetables are tender.  Season with salt and pepper. Right before serving add a handful of chopped fresh parsley.
  3. Ladle soup into bowls and top with roasted cauliflower and broccoli or sauteed ham...or both.
Nutrition Facts
Simple French Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 956mg40%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 3275IU66%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.