Simple Lentil Soup

I like healthy meals, but easy meals as well. After a long day of work and studying and cycling and running and thinking and talking and breathing all I want is to be able to sit at a dinner table without thinking of what I should cook - living on my own unfortunately means that I have to do the exact opposite thing every night again. Being alone, however, has taught me how to avoid having to think of exciting recipes every day again - I cook big meals and simply reheat them the day after. (Lazy? Yes. Effective? Also, yes). Doing this saves me time and money - and a great recipe for this lazy habit I have is soup (every kind of soup, really). The recipe I am sharing with you today is a recipe for lentil soup: a very healthy and especially nutritious meal for other vegetarians/vegans out there because it contains many nutrients other plant-based options don't - and the best thing might even be that you don't need many ingredients. 

+- 350g red lentils
two small onions (or one big one)
3 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of curry powder
2 teaspoons of paprika powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
400g peeled tomatoes
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 liter of water
olive oil

how to
Cut your onions and peel your cloves of garlic / turn on the heat of your stove and grab a big pan, pour some olive oil into it / bake the onions and garlic for a short time / add the spices and let this bake for a few minutes / add the tomatoes, a liter of water, the stock cubes and lentils / let this cook until the lentils are soft, this usually takes about 10 minutes / pour this mess into a blender (if you don't have a blender, an immersion blender will work just fine too) / mix it until it's kind of smooth but not too smooth: it's delicious when there still are chunks of lentils and different colors to detect

I really like eating this soup with some toasted bread or cucumber slices. This quantity of ingredients leaves me with about 3 bowls of soup - and my bowls are big ;-). It can be quite expensive to buy all the spices in one go but once you have these you'll only have to buy the fresh ingredients and the tomatoes in the future. All these things combined make this soup one of the easiest, healthiest and most affordable soups out there!

If you ever decide to recreate this recipe, let me know!

What's your favorite soup?
Love, Sjoukje 


  1. Thanks for sharing it looks so good

  2. That looks really healthy.

  3. Oooh, klinkt zo lekker! Mijn favoriete soep is zoete aardappelsoep met doperwten. Ook heel makkelijk en snel te maken en erg lekker :)

  4. Looks delicious! I'll probably make it this week :)

  5. This looks delicious! Such a vibrant looking soup, I'll definitely be saving this recipe to try myself especially with the colder months approaching! I really love potato and leak soup, my mum makes such a nice one and we make quite a lot of it so we can have a few meals out of it! Em xx

  6. This sounds great! I made my first lentil soup a couple weeks ago (was a recipe I found on Pinterest) and it wasn't terrible, but I didn't like it as a soup. The consistency was all wrong and felt weird when labeled a "soup".. I will be sure to try your lentil soup, it not only looks more like soup, but the spices sound much tastier. Thanks Sjoukje!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

  7. This looks delicious! I'm currently sick at the moment with the flu so this will be perfect for me! Thanks so much for sharing! x


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  9. It's called dal in India and we usually eat it with steamed rice or rotis.

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