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Carrot and Lentil Soup

Carrot and Lentil Soup is what you need when you’re feeling…blocked up! That’s right – this fiber rich soup is delicious and will keep your insides moving and grooving. When you need a healthy, hearty, and flavorful dinner, look no further than this carrot red lentil soup. Plus, it’s made in under 30 minutes or so! 

two bowls of carrot and lentil soup topped with parsley

Why You’ll Love This Simple Carrot and Lentil Soup

I’m on a fiber journey, everyone! I don’t like to talk much about “health” on here, but there’s no denying that I have never felt better since incorporating more fiber into my diet. Turns out good gut health actually is important! Lately, I’ve been shouting about fiber from the rooftops – I even have my grandma incorporating my newfound tricks! 

This soup is the perfect way to dip your toes into the gut-health pond. It’s so yummy that you don’t even realize it’s doing some amazing things in your digestive tract. In addition to the fiber-rich carrots and lentils, I’ve infused this soup with onions, dried herbs, garlic, leafy greens, and even some turkey sausage.

You can enjoy this year-round, of course, but since it’s so soothing it’s an especially good winter soup. Enjoy it with a little bit of shredded parm and a crusty slice of bread, then let me know if you’re all aboard the fiber journey too!

Soup Ingredients

a bowl of soup with parsley on top, extra parsley in a bowl on the side, and a piece of bread to dip

This fiber packed soup is full of wholesome ingredients, most of which are plant-based. If you’d like to make this soup completely vegetarian, you can swap the chicken stock for veggie stock and swap out the turkey sausage for veggie sausage (or omit it altogether).

Here’s your grocery list:

  • Carrots
  • Yellow onion
  • Celery ribs
  • Red lentils
  • Olive oil 
  • Herbs de Provence (or any dried herb)
  • Garlic 
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Can of tomato sauce
  • Low-sodium chicken stock
  • Lacinto kale
  • Turkey sausages
  • Chopped parsley

How To Make Fiber Rich Soup

chopped celery, onions, and carrots going into a pink pot

Step 1: Cook Vegetables

Heat a large pot (or 7 ¼ qt dutch oven) on medium heat and then add in the olive oil, carrots, onion, and celery. Toss this mixture together until everything’s coated with oil. Cook on medium for 8-10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the carrots have softened. 

rinsing lentils and adding the garlic and herbs to the soup

Step 2: Rinse Lentils

Rinse your lentils while the veggies are cooking. Add them to a fine mesh strainer and run water through them for 20 seconds until the water is clear. Set them aside for Step 4. 

adding the lentils and tomato sauce to the soup

Step 3: Add Herbs

Add herbs de Provence, salt, and a few turns of cracked pepper to the pot of vegetables. Stir everything together until everything evenly distributed. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it’s fragrant. 

adding broth and lentils to the soup

Step 4: Add Lentils

Add the rinsed lentils, tomato sauce, and chicken stock to the pot and stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover it, and then turn it to medium-low. Allow the soup to cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. 

Adding kale to the soup and then adding the sausage

Step 5: Add Kale + Sausage

Add the kale and turkey sausage and stir them together with the soup. Cook for an additional 3 minutes on low until the sausage is warmed through and the kale has wilted. 

an overhead photo of lentil soup in a pink dutch oven with a lade in it

FAQs

What foods are highest in fiber? 

There are so many fiber rich foods to choose from, so it makes it easy to incorporate more fiber into our everyday meals. Some examples include beans, berries, broccoli, and grains. Most fruits and veggies are fiber-rich and wonderful for your gut-health. 

What are the benefits of eating fiber? 

Fiber keeps things running smoothly in your digestive tract. Not only does it help with your bowels, it’s also phenomenal for feeding your gut microbiome with “good” bacteria. That’s beneficial for everything from sleep and energy to maintaining a strong immune system. 

What else do lentils pair well with? 

Lentils are a great meat replacement in dishes like chili. I’ve also subbed ground beef for lentils in this vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe. You can also add a heap of lentils to your favorite salad for a burst of fiber and texture. 

What foods are good for gut health? 

Pretty much anything you can get out of the ground is good for gut health, especially fruits and veggies. Things like kimchi and Greek yogurt are also amazing because of their natural probiotics. And don’t forget miso and tempeh! 

Serving Suggestions

Storage and Make Ahead

To store your soup, first allow it to cool completely. Once it has cooled you can add it to an airtight container (or smaller containers that hold individual servings) and pop it in the fridge. It’ll stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Reheat it on the stovetop until it’s warmed through. 

a close up photo of fiber rich soup with a gold spoon dipping into it

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two bowls of carrot and lentil soup topped with parsley

Carrot and Lentil Soup

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 68 bowls 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Carrot and Lentil Soup is what you need when you’re feeling…blocked up! That’s right – this fiber rich soup is delicious and will keep your insides moving and grooving. When you need a healthy, hearty, and flavorful dinner, look no further than this carrot red lentil soup. Plus, it’s made in under 30 minutes or so! 


Ingredients

Scale

4 medium carrots, diced

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 celery ribs, diced

2 cups dried red lentils

¼ cup olive oil

1 tsp dried herbs de provence (or any dried herb)

2 tsp fresh minced garlic

1 tsp kosher salt

Cracked black pepper

1 – (15 oz can tomato sauce)

8 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 head lacinato kale, chopped and stems removed

4 turkey sausages, thinly sliced

Chopped parsley


Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot or 7 ¼ qt dutch oven on medium heat. Add in the olive oil, carrots, onion, and celery. Toss together until evenly coated with oil. Cook on medium for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are translucent and carrots have softened. 
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, rinse your lentils. Add lentils to a fine mesh strainer and run water through for 20 seconds or so until the water is clear. Set aside.
  3. To the vegetables add garlic, herbs de provence, salt and a few turns of cracked pepper. Stir together until evenly coated. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the rinsed lentils, tomato sauce and chicken stock and stir together. Bring mixture to a simmer, cover and turn heat to medium-low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Add the kale and turkey sausage. Stir together and and cook for an additional 3 minutes on low until the sausage is warmed up and the kale has wilted.

Notes

Storage: Allow the soup to cool completely and then store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Keywords: carrot lentil soup, simple carrot and lentil soup, carrot red lentil soup, made in 30 mins or so, fiber packed, winter soup

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