Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup


This soup has very little fat, is cheap and easy to make and delicious. Our family practically lives on it in the winter and I usually double the recipe. Sprinkle grated cheddar on top if you wish. If you can't hang around long enough for this to cook, put it in a slow cooker.

close up view of Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup garnished with fresh herbs in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
6 to 1 - cup servings


  • ½ cup red or green lentils

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 3 carrots, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder


  1. Place the lentils into a stockpot or a Dutch oven and add water to twice the depth of the lentils. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse lentils; return them to the pot.

  2. Add onion, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, chicken broth, carrots and garlic to the pot and season with salt, pepper, sugar, basil, thyme and curry. Cook, simmering for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until desired tenderness is achieved.

Cook's Note:

Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours, or on High for about 4 hours, or until lentils have broken down and vegetables are tender.

Easy Cleanup

Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 938mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 590mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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