Vegetarian Dish

30-Minute Vegetarian Lentil Soup

A dish that is a favorite for toddlers and vegetarians alike, this lentil dish is made with vegetables and herbs.
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30-Minute Vegetarian Lentil Soup

With a quick method and a variety of vegetables packed into the broth, this vegetarian Lentil Soup is a perfect weeknight family dinner—especially when you’re craving comfort food!

lentil soup with veggies

Vegetarian Lentil Soup

I know first hand that many toddlers don’t love eating bowls filled with a mix of ingredients, so I like to make my lentil soup with a range of veggies blended right into the broth—yet let the texture and shape of the lentils shine through. This cuts down on potential irritation of finding a rogue piece of onion and just makes for a pleasing texture in this vegetarian soup.

Easy Lentil Soup

Lentils are quick to cook, fiber, full of vegetarian protein, and pack a decent amount of iron. They are also incredibly inexpensive, so having a package in the pantry is a great way to ensure that you are never too far from a yummy family dinner. This recipe uses basic ingredients and a straight forward cooking method to keep things easy even if you’re making this on a weeknight.

Ingredients in Lentil Soup

To make this soup you’ll need broth (chicken or vegetable), crushed tomatoes, onion, carrot, lentils, garlic, olive oil, and a few pantry spices including salt and dried thyme. Nothing too unusual! (It’s also pretty delish topped with a little grated Parmesan cheese.)

how to make lentil soup step by step

How to Make Vegetarian Lentil Soup Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at the easy process involved in making this veggie lentil soup.

  1. Add the onions, carrot, garlic, thyme, and salt to a blender or food processor. Grind to chop finely.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. And the vegetables, stir to coat, and cook until just starting to soften.
  3. Add the tomatoes and broth, cover, and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and stir in the bay leaf and lentils. Cover slightly, and simmer until the lentils are soft.
  5. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

TIP: You can use butter instead of olive oil if you prefer.

Can I make this Vegetarian Lentil Soup without a blender?

Sure thing! Simply roughly chop them and proceed with the recipe.

How long can I store leftovers of this Lentil Soup?

This soup is delicious when it’s just made, but it tastes pretty great leftover, too. It does thicken up as it chills though, so you may want to add more broth when reheating. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or on the defrost setting in the microwave.

What’s the best way to serve soup to my toddler?

If your toddler is still learning to like soup, start with a small serving to avoid overwhelming them with a new food. And you can give them something to dip into the soup, like crackers or corn bread muffins. You can even puree it completely smooth and serve it in a reusable pouch.

I’d love to hear what your family thinks of this recipe if you make it so please comment below with feedback!

Filder Under:Baby Food, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

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