Brown Lentil Soup

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 40 minutes


Adapted from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's The Vegan Table. I love to add steamed kale to this dish, but my boys like it just as it is.


  • 2 tbsp water for sauteing
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cups brown lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp or to taste salt


Heat the water in a soup pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the lentils, stock, salt, coriander, and cumin, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the lentils are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Serve as is, or using an immersion blender, puree to your preferred consistency. Alternatively, you may transfer a portion of the soup to the blender, puree, and then return to the pot.