Lebanese Lemon Lentil Soup


This Lebanese-inspired lentil soup with lemon is a wonderful comfort soup with a balance of lemon, salt, heat, and savory herbs. Serve it on a cold day. This recipe can be made vegan or vegetarian. Alternatively, chicken can be easily added.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 2 stalks celery with leaves, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cups French green lentils

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (Optional)

  • ¼ cup butter (Optional)

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, celery, and carrots until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds.

  2. Add water, lentils, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, salt, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; stir to incorporate. Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Whisk flour and butter together in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; stir constantly until thickened and paste-like, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, until light brown, about 20 more minutes.

  4. Whisk flour paste into finished soup, a spoonful at a time, until smooth and creamy. Serve with lemon wedges, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
8g Fat
38g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 755mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 509mg 11%

* 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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