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Lentil soup is plated in a large bowl next to sliced Italian bread and a napkin.

Italian Lentil soup

Lentil soup is packed with hearty vegetables like carrots, celery, kale, and brown lentils. This soup is ready in 30 minutes and is the perfect recipe to clear out your fridge!

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword 30 minute lentil soup, italian lentil soup, lentil soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 184 kcal
Author sherry brubaker


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cup brown lentils
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper
  • 2 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Sautè the vegetables. Place a large pot over medium heat. Once the pot is warm, add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and sautè for 3 minutes.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour the crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth into the pot. Add the lentils, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and cracked pepper. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Add the kale or spinach and cook for 5 more minutes. Once the lentils are soft, add salt to season.

  3. Serve. Serve with your favorite crunchy bread. Mangia!

Nutrition Facts
Italian Lentil soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1017mg44%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4627IU93%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.