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Easy Vegan French Lentil Soup

It doesn’t get better than this Vegan French Lentil Soup Recipe! It’s easy, tasty and healthy. And it comes together quickly with just a few ingredients.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 carrots washed and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery washed and sliced
  • 1 cup green lentils rinsed and picked free of debris
  • 1 14 oz can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat a large stockpot. When hot, add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. 
  • Add the diced onion and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the salt and slow cook the onions until they begin to brown. About 12-15 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, Herbs de Provence and tomato paste. Increase the heat to medium and sauté until the tomato paste becomes a rich, dark red. 
  • Add the carrots, celery and green lentils and stir to coat.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, water and bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. 
  • Reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer for 1 hour until the lentils have become soft. 
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve the soup with fresh ground pepper and crusty French bread. 
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