Sally Peters needs just a few ingredients for her hearty soup. 'It's so easy and delicious,' says the Liverpool, New York reader. 'Add any other vegetables you'd love.'

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15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add the water, salsa, lentils and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach; simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.



Nutritional Analysis: 1-1/2 cups equals 208 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 696 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 20 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 very lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 13.3g; carbohydrates 34.5g; fat 3g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 798.8mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (196)

Rating: 5 stars
This soup is incredible! I was doubtful because of the few ingredients. My 4 year-old said, "YUM! What's in here?" I only used 8 oz of salsa. I added 8oz of chicken broth. I served it with grated cheese to sprinkle on top and Triscuit crackers. Thanks for the awesome recipe! UPDATE: I made this again (a few times) and used on 10oz package of frozen spinach added at the end. I add it frozen and wait for it to thaw in the soup. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome! Didn't have salsa so I substituted diced tomatoes w/herbs & spices. I added some chili powder, cumin & garlic. So yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Out of this world good!!! I'm on Weight Watchers and this was LOW points!- 1 added 6 oz of canadian bacon while it was cooking and ate it with 1 tbsp of plain yogurt on it- DELISH! Dh said it was the best lentil soup he ever had (and he's not a fan of lentil soup! It was a coup just to get him to eat it!) YUM! Thanks!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent especially for something so healthy. I added approximately 1.5 times the spinach and it was still very good. Do not add the spinach until just before you plan to serve. It turns dark green/brown when stored. After first made, it is a beautiful-healthy-looking grass green. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup is unbelievably good! Especially considering how healthy it is. I'm doing Weight Watchers and this recipe is virtually 0 points because of its high fiber content. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is the first time I've rated anything. This recipe is so great. I used a hot chipotle salsa (can I name brands?? Rick Bayless/Frontera) and also added yams. It's so hearty, easy and spicy. I will be making this a lot during the cold winter months. Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was wonderful! Best lentil soup I have ever had - I don't even really like lentils! I deviated from the instructions a bit by adding a couple cups of barley in with the lentils, three chicken breasts cubed, two garlic cloves, a 1/4 head of cabbage, a couple handfuls of green beans and chopped the carrots instead of grating them. My pot was nearly overflowing but I will be enjoying this for lunch and dinner all this next week. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup is OUTSTANDING! I substituted vegetable broth instead of water. New staple dinner for my family! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My son is allergic to dairy and we have the hardest time getting any protein into him. This recipe was great. My husband and I loved it and my son did too. Apart from being good for you it's just "good". Read More