Lentil Soup, my go to lunch time soup

Sep 16, 2021 | 10 comments


Lentil Soup, my go to lunch time soup


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

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


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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

Faggots & Gravy
carrot & lentil soup

Lentil Soup

My go to for soup for lunch. I usually add ginger, garlic & turmeric
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
budget meals
cheap family recipes
dairy free by Olguioo from the Noun Project
Dairy Free
Gluten Free by Eucalyp from the Noun Project
Gluten Free
low saturated fat by Yoyon Pujiyono from the Noun Project
Low Fat
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
vegan by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 16p
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 70 g onion chopped
  • 100 g carrots scrubbed and chopped (no need to peel)
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tblsp oil


  • Saute the onion and carrots in the oil until soft. 
  • Add the red lentils and a litre of water.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Click here to start a 20 minute timer
  • Whizz with a stick blender or in a liquidiser, or leave as it is.
  • Add more water if the soup is thicker than you would like


If you are following the planner for Meal Plan 1 or Meal Plan 2, serve half the soup between 2 people on 2 separate days.
A delicious variation for this soup is to add a teaspoon of turmeric and a thumbnail of fresh ginger and perhaps a little garlic. It gives a lovely spicy flavour. You could also experiment with other spices. Any curry powder or curry paste will add its own distinctive flavour
This soup features in both Meal Plan 1 and Meal Plan 2, complete 7 day plans for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
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Nutrition Facts
Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 702mg20%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4201IU84%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  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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