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Hearty Winter Soup with Lentils

Boost your immune system with a colorful bowl of this hearty, veggie-packed soup. Can be made with chicken or vegetable soup base.

Hearty Winter Soup with Lentils

This winter has been the worst! I’m not even talking about all the snow storms, ice-covered cars, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, etc.

I’m talking cooties. Big-time cooties. Invading my house constantly. My poor 2-year-old has been sick off and on since Thanksgiving… and so have my husband and I. Argh!!

So that means soup. Lots of soup. I’ve been making big batches of soup occasionally to try to help get extra vitamins into all of us, as well as to have leftovers to eat all week.

I made this soup a few weeks ago and am just now getting around to writing about it. It was a really nice combo of veggies, and it was hearty enough to fill us up after one bowl.

Hearty Winter Soup with Lentils

I used a chicken stock concentrate since chicken soup is so revered for its healing qualities, but you could definitely use a vegetable soup base if you want to keep this meat-free.

If you have a Parmesan rind hanging out, drop a small piece in the soup – it adds a nice salty richness that’s great in this soup.

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Hearty Winter Soup with Lentils

Hearty Winter Soup with Lentils

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Boost your immune system with a colorful bowl of this hearty, veggie-packed soup. Can be made with chicken or vegetable soup base.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock concentrate
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • Small piece Parmesan rind (about 2 inches square, optional)
  • 2 cups baby spinach, lightly packed


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over moderate heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and bell pepper and stir. Season with salt and pepper and stir until the veggies start to soften.

  2. Add sweet potatoes, bay leaf, thyme, soup base, and water, and bring to a boil.

  3. Add lentils and Parmesan rind and reduce heat. Simmer until sweet potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

  4. Remove bay leaf, thyme sprigs, and Parmesan rind. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

  5. Serve warm, preferably with some nice, crusty bread for soaking up all of the goodness.


*Can substitute other flavors of stock concentrate such as beef or vegetable.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 415
  • Sugar: 6.4 g
  • Sodium: 375.1 mg
  • Fat: 7.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 83.8 g
  • Fiber: 25.8 g
  • Protein: 17.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.7 mg

Keywords: vegetable soup, lentil soup

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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