Grandma Laura’s Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup Recipe

Many of you know that my mom, Laura, is a pretty spectacular cook. She is the person behind most of the recipes we share on About a Mom. This time of the year, when it’s cold outside and we are rushing around to finish holiday shopping, there isn’t much I enjoy more than a bowl of Grandma Laura’s lentil soup. It warms the soul and brings that comfort we so crave on a cold dreary day.

I could eat a bowl of soup for dinner every day this time of the year. It’s the perfect holiday comfort food. Fortunately, it’s easy to make a pot of homemade soup if you have a few essential ingredients like a can of tomatoes and some beans. Or if you’re spoiled like me, you have your Mom make a pot of soup.

Lentil Soup Recipe

Grandma Laura’s Lentil Soup


10 ounces lentils, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can Contadina Diced Tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, and saute carrots, celery, and onion until just tender. Add the finely minced garlic and saute an additional minute or two.

2. Add tomatoes, lentils, broth, and salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to the same pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately or until lentils are tender. Add additional chicken broth or water if necessary, until you have achieved the desired consistency.


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  1. says

    I bought a bag of beans last week, and had on my list of things to do to search for a recipe. Thanks for saving me the search. Better yet is I thought I’d need a ham bone, glad to know I don’t.

  2. says

    This looks like a great recipe. I love having soups this time of year. They are currently my favorite meals. I can’t think of a favorite holiday food. But I can think of 100’s of treats.

  3. Shauna says

    You know that my FIL has been talking about his Mama’s Lentil soup… This might just make him happy. Thank you

  4. says

    Yum that looks delicious! I could totally eat soup every day for dinner too but the rest of the family are not big soup fans unfortunately. I pinned the recipe to try later, thanks.

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    Yum yum yum! I love soup in the winter time and eat it almost every day. Lentil is one of my favorites! I will try making your version — looks easy and good!

  6. says

    This looks SO tasty! One of my friends hosted a dinner party not long ago and served Lentil Soup. I asked her for the recipe, but of course she never gave it to me! This sounds super similar so I am going to try it out! Thank you!

  7. Sandy Cain says

    I like this! It looks very rich and hearty, just what I need in the cold weather. I’d have this with a nice chunk of crusty Italian bread. My go-to comfort food is usually mac and cheese, but you may have won me over!!

  8. meredith says

    YUMMMM!!! This looks so good. I am not much of a soup person but my hubby is so i try to make it often in the winter months. Will definetly be trying this one

  9. says

    This looks really really great. My oldest loves lentils and I don’t know how to make it. His nanny use to make it for him when he was little and I would buy extra bags so she could make it for me as that is all he would eat. Its so good for you too.

  10. saminder gumer says

    my mom makes this multiple times a week. i am indian so it is like a staple dish in almost every meal. i grew up on this and would love to try this recipe to see how it compares to my moms.

  11. says

    Hey!!! Where was our dinner invitation. I love a hearty lentil soup. We have all been feeling a little under the weather around here, so a good bowl of soup would be wonderful. Definitely trying out this recipe.

  12. says

    I love matzo ball soup!

    Just the other day, my husband was craving lentil soup and he whipped one up, but he wasn’t really happy with it. I am definitely going to pin this recipe to try the next time we are in the mood for a good soup.

  13. Sally says

    I have never had lentil soup but this looks delicious!! My go to comfort food in winter is either potato soup or ham and bean!! My family loves to make a big pot so we have leftovers!!

  14. says

    I’m like you – I could eat soup every night for dinner when it’s cold out like it has been lately. I’ve been alternating between potato and chicken noodle soup for the past couple weeks, but I might need to work this one into my rotation!

  15. Rust says

    Oooh, this is right down my alley and perfect for this awfully cold weather we’ve been having! It’s been years since I made this ….your recipe sounds wonderful!

  16. Carol L says

    My daughter lo9ves Lentils and I’ve never made it. I thought it would be so complicated and didn’t dare try. :) Thanks so much for Grandma Laura’s recipe. What a great dinner with some crusty Italian bread. My daughter will thank you. :)
    Carol L

  17. Carol L says

    ooops, I wanted to ask and forgot. Do you not have to soak the beans overnight ? This was one reason I never attempted it. Lazy, I know. lol
    Carrl L

  18. Julie Wood says

    I love Lentil Soup and this is the best soup recipe I have ever seen! I like hot soup as a comfort food, and I like Chicken and Dumplings that my sister makes for me every year! I need to make this recipe soon!

  19. Vera S says

    I like soup too. I’ve never tried Lentil soup maybe I’ll give it a try. We love a hot bowl of Chili on a cold day. :)

  20. David Smith says

    I love soup of almost any kind and this lentil soup looks really good. It’s been many years since I had lentil soup or anything made with lentils actually. I would probably add ham or maybe beef to it since I like meat of some type in my soup. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Lorayne Gothard says

    I had lentil soup for the first time this year when my sister gave me a recipe. I will try your recipe because it is a little different, and it looks so good!!

  22. M.Clark says

    This looks delicious!! Usually when I make lentils I just boil them and season with salt ans pepper, I’d love to try Grandma Laura’s recipe. My favorite Holiday comfort food is pie.

  23. heather says

    This looks so good especially this time of year in this cold weather. I really want to try this one thanks so much for sharing this recipe I am using lentils more and more.

  24. Debbie Welchert says

    I love trying new soups and this one sounds wonderful. I can’t remember ever trying lentils and this would be a great way for me to give them a try.

  25. Rosie says

    I’ve been on a lentils kick, and haven’t made soup yet (how can that be?). I don’t know, but I’ve been having them as a side dish with mashed potatoes, etc. I love how it doesn’t take that long to cook them, unlike beans. This soup sounds fantastic, no ham bone needed! I want to make this tonight!

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