Lentil Recipes

Find delicious lentil soups, stews, salads, burgers and more!

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15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 291
Need lentil soup for one? We're here for you with this super fast recipe for a  "can"-do dinner. It starts with canned lentils and vegetable or chicken broth, that's why it's so fast. You'll add garlic, onion, carrot, and celery just like you would in a big-batch lentil soup. For a  healthy, delicious, and easy meal, you can't beat this recipe. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

With lentils and cremini mushrooms as well as the traditional carrots and peas, this vegetarian take on the traditional British potato-topped Shepherd's pie is satisfying and delicious. We use French green lentils because they hold their shape in cooking.

Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 453
Pair lentils with your favorite vegetables to make this flavorful, hearty soup.

Cheesy Lentil-and-Black-Bean Nachos

Despite its traditional game-day look, this glorious spread is nacho average Super Bowl snack. In a huge win for vegetarian sports fans, we swapped ground beef for portobello-mushroom caps stewed with black beans, lentils, and fire-roasted tomatoes.

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro

One of the world's oldest health foods, lentils are nutritional powerhouses. Their high protein and fiber content steadies blood sugar, staving off hunger. Create this Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro for a tasty and nutritious meal. 

Vegan Lentil Soup

Tender broccoli rabe adds a welcome pop of green (and a generous dose of fiber!) to this lentil-and-tomato soup spiced with coriander and cumin.

Sausage, Lentil, and Kale Soup

Rating: 4 stars 232
This rustic, savory soup is sure to satisfy.

Lentil Soup with Crispy Kale

Swap out the usual croutons for crunchy kale chips in this umami-packed lentil and mushroom soup.

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 107
Nothing beats a good, hearty soup that has inexpensive ingredients, feeds a lot of people, and is quick to make. For a twist on this triple threat, add some bacon or pancetta. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Creamy Lentil Stew

Give lentil soup a refreshing twist with red, pink, or yellow varieties. After a simmer with garlic, ginger, thyme, and cinnamon, blend a third of the stew and pour it back in along with some coconut milk to to add body and richness.

Lentils with Spinach

Rating: 4 stars 18
This grain and vegetable dish is a perfect complement to a main course but flavorful enough to steal the show.

Quick Curried Lentils in Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 1
In this Indian-inspired vegetarian main, top-notch jarred tomato sauce and canned lentils save hours of work. When chosen well, jarred tomato sauce can rival your own. The best ones include tomatoes and seasonings but are free of preservatives, sugar, and corn syrup.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Ways to Turn Beans, Chickpeas, and Lentils Into Dinner
Legumes are great meat substitutes: They're packed with protein, sustainable, affordable, easy to cook, and delicious. Can you tell that we love them?
Warm Lentil Salad with Poached Eggs
French green lentils and Swiss chard join the aromatic blend of finely diced onion, carrot, and celery known as mirepoix in this hearty salad. It's tossed in a lemony mustard dressing while still warm and finished with fresh parsley, creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and the piece de resistance, poached eggs.
Easy Lentil Soup
Rating: 3.5 stars 34

The earthy flavor of the lentils is set off by the tartness of the tomatoes and a spoonful of wine vinegar, which is stirred in just before serving the soup.