Thick and Healthy Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"One of our favourite healthy soups that we enjoy any time of the year.Great as a main meal served with no more than a crusty roll or biscuit. This soup freezes well."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1185.7 g)
  • Calories 797.4
  • Total Fat - 20.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.9 mg
  • Sodium - 2063.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 91.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 37.6 g
  • Sugars - 14.1 g
  • Protein - 60.5 g
  • Calcium - 168.4 mg
  • Iron - 12.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 40.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine lentils,barley and beef broth in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil,then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes

Step 2

Place ground beef into a large frying pan and place over medium heat. Cook and stir until juices run clear

Step 3

Add beef and onion,carrots, celery,garlic,tomatoes and remaining ingredients to the stock pot.Break up tomatoes with a wooden spoon.

Step 4

Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and soup has thickened.

Step 5

Remove bay leaf and serve


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


This is a hearty soup I do like it though the  longer after eating the more I want more hmmm. but It must wait for several days to see If it will meet my standards for a good soup as I live alone soup must not thicken nor loose its flavor after several days. Though I am sure I will have to add water in tomorrow as barley does absorb water on siting. All in all a good soup. I added 1/2 cup extra broth as I halved recipe and thought it might be neaded in coooking. I only used 1/4 of the meat or 1/2 of the 1/2 meat required. I don't know what kind of lentils I have they look brownish green not either color but that is what I used next time I will buy red and see what that tastes like. But that will have to wait until my bi-weekly guess it is bi-monthly I go once every two weeks I don't go till next week but wanted to try this soup. I probably used more cayenne than called for but I like things with a twang though could not taste that even with the amount I put in


review by:
(27 Apr 2012)


We love this soup! Thick and hearty and very satisfying with wonderful old fashioned flavour. Healthy too! Made as posted and wouldn't change a thing.Thank you for another of your great recipes to add to our family favourites cookbook.


review by:
(2 Nov 2011)

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