Lentil Soup, my go to lunch time soup

Sep 16, 2021 | 10 comments


This post was first written in June 2013 and updated in June 2021.

Spicy Red Lentil Soup in a white bowl

I love this soup, it is my go to for a soup for lunch. I usually add a tsp of ginger paste from a jar, a tsp of garlic paste, and a tsp of turmeric to give it a lovely spicy kick, and at 16p a serving, you can have a big bowl.

How To Make Lentil Soup

Saute the onions and carrots, then simmer in water with red lentils until everything is cooked through. Leave as it is, or whizz it smooth. Season it well.

Taste Variations

  • If you want to add different curry pastes or powder, try what you have and you’ll get a different flavour every time.
  • Reduce the water right down, and you can use this as a pasta sauce. You’ll need to watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. I haven’t tried it yet, when I do, I’ll tell you how much water to use

Want More Soup Recipes?

Butternut Squash, Ginger & Coconut Soup – GF, NF, DF & Vegan

Lettuce Soup. Perfect to use up that half bag of salad leaves

This recipe is from the first meal plan I wrote, right back at the beginning of Thrifty Lesley, plus I also added it to the next one as well



  1. Erica Thompson

    It’s there now, ignore last comment

  2. Erica Thompson

    Has this recipe been deleted. I cant see it

  3. Lesley

    It’s one of my favourites, especially with a bit of garlic, ginger and turmeric in it

  4. Paul

    Trying this tonight. I will let you know how I get on.

  5. Lesley

    Fantastic Martyn, well done. I’m so glad you are enjoying it

  6. Martyn

    This was delicious. I never cook for myself, so thought it would be a pain chopping the ingredients, I was wrong! I had enough for a large bowl full, and filled an empty soup container (2 servings) with the other half. Looking forward to cooking my dinner soon. (Chole & Naan). Many thanks and I will keep you up to date with my progress.

  7. Lesley

    How exciting! Let me know how you get on 🙂

  8. Martyn

    I work part-time, so trying to pay for a house, keeping a social life and feeding myself is hard. I have challenged myself to follow your meal plans for a whole month. Did my first shop earlier and this will be my first meal. Hopefully the beginning of wealthier times!

  9. Lesley

    It’s one of my favourites Brenda, glad you like it too.Let me know if you find something else you like

  10. Brenda Clarke

    I have just made your Carrot & Lentil soup. Absolutely delicious. I live on my own so shall freeze what’s left for later. Thank you very much. I am now going to browse the rest of your recipes.


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