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Easy Italian Lentil Soup Recipe


    • 1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 2 celery stalks, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 cups fresh spinach or kale, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
    • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)


    Prepare Lentils:

    Rinse the lentils under cold water and set aside.

    Sauté Vegetables:

    In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

    Add Garlic and Herbs:

    Stir in minced garlic, oregano, and thyme. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

    Combine Ingredients:

    Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes with their juices, vegetable or chicken broth, and bay leaf to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


    Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.

    Add Greens:

    Stir in the chopped spinach or kale and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the greens are wilted.

    Adjust Seasoning:

    Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaf.


    Ladle the hot soup into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.


    erve the Italian Lentil Soup hot, accompanied by crusty bread or a side salad for a complete and hearty meal.

    This Easy Italian Lentil Soup is not only delicious but also packed with nutritious ingredients. It’s a comforting and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a cozy evening at home.

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