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Lentil Soup With Vegan Option

This lentil soup is hearty, healthy, and loaded with flavor. Homemade vegetable stock is key. This recipe includes both a meat and Vegan option.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, healthy soup, lentil soup, lentil soup recipe, vegan, vegetarian, winter soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 293kcal


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  • 6 or 8-quart kettle


  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup celery diced, ¼ - ½inch pieces depending on preference.
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth Homemade is best, use low sodium if purchasing.
  • cups lentils dried green or brown
  • 2 lbs HamHock (optional) leave out for Vegan
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cup carrots diced, ¼ - 1/2 inch pieces depending on preference.
  • 1 tbsp shiitake mushroom powder (Umami)
  • salt to taste depends on how salty the broth is.


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  • To adjust the portions, click on the number of serving, and a slider will pop up. Adjusting the slider up or down will automatically calculate the amount needed for each ingredient.
  • Add the oil to a frying pan and saute the onions, garlic, and celery until the onions are translucent. Add to a 6-quart kettle.
    celery, onion,
  • Add the broth, lentils, bay leaf, and ham hock to the kettle.
    ready to cook
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and simmer another 30 minutes.
    hamhock in soup
  • For Vegan soup, At the end of the hour, remove the bay leaf. Add the Shiitake mushroom powder, simmer 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
  • At the end of an hour remove the bay leaf and the ham hock. Cut the meat off the ham hock and dice into small pieces. Had the diced ham pieces and shiitake mushroom powder to the soup kettle.
  • Adjust the salt to taste and simmer another 5 minutes,
    lentil soup
  • Serve and enjoy.
    vegan lentil soup


The calories for  Vegan soup are 243 calories per 1 cup serving. 
Use green or brown lentils.  The yellow or red lentils are split and will disintegrate in the soup. 
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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1012mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3579IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5mg