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Easy Vegan Lentil Soup for #SundaySupper

This satisfying and easy vegan lentil soup will be a hit with meat eaters and vegetarians alike!

Vegan Gluten Free Lentil Soup Recipe

If you mention the word vegan in my house you’ll likely either get an eye-roll, a groan, or a grimace from my better half.

It’s not that the Mr. is picky about food. He’s a faithful, willing, and honest taste-tester of pretty much anything that comes out of our kitchen.

He just really enjoys meat. Like,Β really enjoys it.

To him, vegan food is a gimmick–a gimmick which foolishly betrays his beloved meat.

But here’s the thing. There’s nothing particularly special about vegan food. It’s the same foods we enjoy every day–fresh, whole vegetables, beans, and grains–just with the absence of that tricky little thing called meat.

And yes, of course you can mess up vegan food–ummm, we’ve all had gray, limp broccoli, haven’t we?

But you can just as easily screw up a meat filled dish. I’ve had my fair share of burnt bacon and chicken drier than the sands of the Sahara.

For me and my kitchen, the test of a truly good dish is not whether it’s vegan, gluten free, healthy, or filled with cholesterol-rising meats. It’s whether or not it tastes good.

And friends? This soup tastes good.

To the surprise of my carnivorous husband, veggies and legumes really can stand on their own in a delicious and unexpectedly hearty way.

In fact, had I not mentioned this was vegan and gluten free, I doubt he would have known the difference. (And we could have avoided that whole groaning business).

Recipe for Vegan Gluten Free Lentil Soup

This soup takes about 10 minutes to throw together, then you just have to wait and let the heat do it’s magic. In an hour you’ll have a thick, creamy and slightly sweet soup that tastes surprisingly like your favorite manly meat-filled chili.

So dig that half bag of lentils out of the back of your cupboard (c’mon, I know I’m not the only one who leaves half bags of lentils hanging out in dark corners of the pantry), and give your tummy a satisfying dish that’s a as good for your body as it is for your taste buds.

Looking forΒ a vegan dessert to pair this with? Try my Healthy Mixed Berry Crisp!

Vegan Gluten Free Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 45 minsCook Time
Total Time 55 mins Total Time
Yields 4


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 oz. lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven. Add celery, onion, and carrots and cook over medium heat until they start to sizzle, about 6 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant, about one minute.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, salt, lentils, veggie broth, cumin, paprika, coriander, and black pepper. Increase heat to high, cover, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, or until lentils have softened.
  4. Place 2 cups of the soup in a blender and pulse until smooth. Return mixture to the remaining soup and stir. Serve immediately with chopped fresh parsley and fresh bread or crackers.


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  • Sherron Nagle Watson February 17, 2013, 10:08 AM

    What a great recipe! I love that it only takes 10 minutes to throw together and can sit and simmer. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie February 17, 2013, 10:17 AM

    Mmm – this soup looks absolutely delicious!

  • Shannon February 17, 2013, 10:33 AM

    This looks as hearty as any stew I have prepared! I can not wait to try this out. I have been looking to add more lentils to our diets. Thanks for sharing!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood February 17, 2013, 1:19 PM

      I’ve been meaning to do the same. Now that I know how easy and delicious they can be, I don’t think that will be a problem!

  • Alaiyo Kiasi February 17, 2013, 11:07 AM

    I love the look of this soup. I make lentil soup often, and I have to say that this soup looks hearty and satisfying. Kudos!

  • diabeticFoodie February 17, 2013, 11:35 AM

    I think I have more than one half bag of lentils in my pantry πŸ™‚ This soup looks perfect for a cold winter day. Yum!

  • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD February 17, 2013, 11:58 AM

    Love the blend of spices in this soup ! Yumm ! looks so hearty & wholesome !!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 17, 2013, 1:07 PM

    I love all kinds of lentil soup or stew, and though I usually add bacon and chorizo (!), this kind of recipe is great for those times when I want something lighter! Really great for a winter lunch.

  • Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc February 17, 2013, 1:40 PM

    Lentil soup is so delicious and often on our dinner plan πŸ™‚ Your soup looks fantastic! ~ Bea @ Galactosemia in PDX

  • Hezzi-D February 17, 2013, 2:25 PM

    Mmmmm this sounds wonderful. We’ve been trying to eat more vegan and vegetarian foods and this soup sounds delicious!

  • littleredkitchen February 17, 2013, 2:34 PM

    A beautiful looking soup and it looks so filling!

  • Renee Dobbs February 17, 2013, 2:59 PM

    How did you know I have that half bag of lentils in my pantry? It won’t be there for long since I have this recipe to make.

  • Miranda February 17, 2013, 3:29 PM

    I laugh at your husband and his eye roll! Lentils have so many great uses, thanks for sharing this one.

  • Jennifer Drummond February 17, 2013, 3:32 PM

    Love the soup! I wonder if my Husband would like it since he’s a big meat eater! Have to give it a try!!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood February 17, 2013, 9:32 PM

      Another commenter said they put chorizo in theirs, which sounds like a great option for the meat eaters in your family. But even my meat loving hubby enjoyed this vegan version.

  • Chris Baccus February 17, 2013, 4:32 PM

    Smoked paprika is so important in dishes like this. I love your use. There is nothing else like an amazing tasting lentil soup. Classic.

  • Alice Choi February 17, 2013, 7:10 PM

    I love lentil soup! Looks great!

  • Nancy February 17, 2013, 9:07 PM

    I just bought a bag of lentils so I’m definitely making this gorgeous, thick, hearty soup soon. You made me laugh with your descriptions of your husband’s groans. My husband does the same thing when I lecture…er, I mean, educate him on the health benefits of lentils, quinoa and vegetables. And I totally agree with you – so long as it tastes good, who cares if its meat-full or meat-free.

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian February 18, 2013, 12:56 AM

    My husband is a HUGE carnivore and I’m a vegetarian when cooking for myself at home. So I get A LOT of groans. But we both love lentil soup!

  • Sarah R February 18, 2013, 1:15 AM

    Now THAT’S a soup!

  • Megan Wood February 18, 2013, 10:21 AM

    I absolutely love lentil soup of any kind and this one looks amazing!!

  • Martin Redmond February 18, 2013, 1:34 PM

    I love lentil soup…but have never made it. That’s going to change with this great healthy and hearty recipe! Thanks for sharing

  • Laura Hunter February 18, 2013, 4:54 PM

    We absolutely love lentil soup in my house. I have about 5 different recipes that I make every year. Your version looks like a great addition.

  • Lyn February 19, 2013, 12:21 AM

    Look at all that goodness! I love meat free dishes. Your hubbys response is funny and typical!

  • Helene Dsouza February 19, 2013, 6:51 AM

    Hi Courtney! =)

    Yes I know what you mean, my husband isn’t any better. It’s all about meat otherwise he won’t even bother to try it out. But you know what, I make the same stew in my house (nearly the same ingredients) and my mister likes it if I add a sausage while cooking. The meat flavors cover the beans and he is happily finnishing his plate. However I love your vegan version and I would certainly enjoy a bowl now.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood February 19, 2013, 2:07 PM

      That sounds great! I’m sure the hubby would appreciate a little meat thrown in. What is it with these husbands and their aversions to anything that doesn’t include a hunk of meat? πŸ™‚

  • Sarah February 19, 2013, 4:41 PM

    mmmm nothing heartier than a big bowl of lental soup. Especially on a snowy winter day like today in the midwest!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes.... February 19, 2013, 10:03 PM

    This looks so hearty, you would never miss the meat here!

  • Webicurean February 19, 2013, 11:25 PM

    I love lentils! My hubby’s the same way–tell him it’s vegan, and suddenly it’s as if something is missing … but that’s never true!

  • cupcakekalechip February 21, 2013, 12:04 AM

    Our hubbies would be best friends! Mine is anti-vegan and “doesn’t like soup”, but I bet he would love this.

  • Kamila Gornia | Passion-Driven February 26, 2013, 3:28 PM

    Oh my gosh, this looks soo comforting and delicious! Perfect for a crazy snowy day as today!

  • Beth June 23, 2013, 5:32 PM

    Did you make that bread too? It looks delicious! Recipe?

  • Katie October 22, 2013, 11:26 AM

    Have made this soup 4 times now and I Love it ! Had never used cumin or coriander before so it was a new taste sensation. Warms me up on a cool day and makes me feel more energetic. Thanks for helping me overcome my anti-vegetarian mindset.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 23, 2013, 11:11 AM

      I’m so glad! Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment. I even managed to convert Will into loving this soup!

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