Lemony Lentil Soup

20 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 35 minutes; part of Gluten-Free collection

This lemony lentil soup is a very flavorful dish that seems to improve with each left-over serving. The lemons are a great complement to the lentils. The soup freezes well.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Onion; diced
3 Carrots; diced
6 cloves Garlic; minced
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Red chili flakes
1 tablespoon Fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon Oregano
2 Bay Leaves
8 cups Chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups Red lentils
2 Lemons; juiced
2 teaspoons Lemon zest
1 cup Feta cheese; crumbled
2 tablespoons Fresh dill

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Rinse lentils. Heat oil in large pot, add onions. Saute till translucent. Add carrots, garlic, salt and pepper, chilies, rosemary, oregano & bay leaves. Saute till carrots are tender. Add stock and lentils. Simmer 25 minutes. Add lemon juice & zest. Sprinkle with cheese and dill. Serve


My sister (Elizabeth) added chopped bits of chicken sausage. I added spicy Italian sausage and omitted the cheese. This is a very flexible recipe and as long as the lemon components are included it is still delicious no matter how it is seasoned

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Delicious with some Feta cheese

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Easy and tasty are my favorite measures of a recipe and this is both! The serving size is small as a main, but okay as a starter. Also, it's a little light as a main, so I will add another protein next time. Maybe cubed ham?
vivshu 1m ago

I just made this without the feta ( simply it because I didn't have it on hand) hands down the best lentil soup I've ever made. I loved the zesty lemony brightness!! This will be in my regular rotation! Yummy!
kikapoo 1y ago

Excellent -- perfect for a rainy early spring. Added spinach and reduced lemon to just one. Feta cheese is a must. Served with flatbread.
stevemur 2y ago

Delicious! I followed other reviews and added diced tomatoes in addition to adding kale at the end. Did not have lemons in the fridge, but used a lime instead and tastes great!
Valerie411 2y ago

Simply delicious!
Meggles77 2y ago

Easy and delicious. I add spinach or some other green at the end when I have them, in order to get my veggies in.
Karlacooks 3y ago

Thank you to the reviewers who prefer less lemon. This was excellent with just one lemon, zest & juice. I replaced 14 ounces of the chicken stock with a can of diced tomatoes. It is great to have a great tasting dish that is healthy
edg588 3y ago

I agree that this is a very good soup, but would recommend using only one lemon rather than two. Or as an alternative, add a package of frozen spinach to the mix, which also has the benefit of taming the lemon taste and making it even healthier.
danlinke 3y ago

Delicious! My new favorite lentil recipe.
Mkillion 3y ago

Easily the best lentil soup I've had, even missing some of the spices and the cheese. The lemon gives such a nice flavor. Really easy, too.
Erincpeters 3y ago

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