Lentil Soup

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 5 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings

Frankly, this is a perfect soup to make if feeling tired after treatment. It requires little or no effort and has very few ingredients. Because there are so few ingredients, make sure to use...


    1¼ cups French lentils, picked over and washed

    2 quarts cold water

    1 head of garlic, cloves separated, crushed, and peeled

    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

    Salt, to taste

Nutrition Facts


358 cals


15 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

10 g


17 g


1 g


8 g


17 g


677 mg


  1. In a heavy-bottomed pan, cover the lentils with the cold water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add garlic and olive oil. Lightly simmer with a lid partially covering the pot, for 45 minutes.
  3. Season with salt. Continue to simmer for 1 hour, or until the lentils are very tender. Using either a blender or an immersion blender, puree lentils in stages as smooth or as chunky as you'd like. Heat through and drizzle with a little olive oil, serve immediately.

Chef Tips

If tired or short on time, use the peeled garlic that can be bought in jars to make this soup. Ge around a dozen cloves. Instead of using them straight from the jar, lightly smash them with the flat of a knife, then leave them for about 10 minutes before using to activate their enzymes.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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