Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

How To Make Italian Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is full of Italian-inspired flavors. Loaded with carrots, celery, tomatoes, and various herbs and spices, this is a healthy and tasty dish.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 2cupsdiced white onion,about 1 large onion
  • 1cupdiced carrots,about 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1cupdiced celery,about 2 celery stalks, leaves removed
  • 4clovesgarlic,peeled and minced
  • 8cupsvegetable stock,or chicken stock
  • 1cuplentils,rinsed, red, green or brown
  • 15ozfire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2bay leaves
  • ¼tspdried thyme
  • ¼tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • pinchred pepper,crushed
  • 2cupscollard greens,roughly chopped
  • Parmesan cheese,freshly grated or finely chopped fresh parsley or basil as optional toppings


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery, and saute for 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent.  

  2. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the stock, lentils, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, and crushed pepper, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pot partially with the lid. Keeping the soup at a low simmer, continue cooking for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender and cooked through, stirring occasionally.

  5. Stir in the collard greens, and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until the greens have softened.

  6. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Remove the bay leaves.

  7. Serve warm, garnished with optional toppings if desired.

  8. This soup can also be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.


  • Calories: 124.10kcal
  • Fat: 3.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.46g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.08g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.49g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.30g
  • Fiber: 4.35g
  • Sugar: 3.69g
  • Protein: 5.97g
  • Sodium: 98.12mg
  • Calcium: 63.88mg
  • Potassium: 353.92mg
  • Iron: 1.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 137.79µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.11mg
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