Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

One of the best things about blogging is all of the great connections I’ve made. Connections with people who live on the other side of the world and some who live only a few hours away.

One of them is my friend Nicole from Foodie Loves Fitness. I may not have met her in “real life” but it isn’t hard to tell that she is truly genuine and kind. Besides that, we have so much in common that I feel like we’re kindred spirits…in a non-creepy, non-internet stalker way.

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

Anyway, I have her to thank for this recipe. I saw it on her blog one day and thought it looked simple and delicious.

Savory vegetable broth with juicy diced tomatoes, fresh sautéed spinach and nutritious little lentils. What’s not to love?

Plus, it’s affordable and oh so easy.

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

Recipes with the word easy are always nice, aren’t they? I think so.

Especially when you’re trying to fit in 8 hours of work, exercising, dinner with loved ones and cough, 2 hours, cough of The Bachelor.

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

An easy, healthy recipe is exactly what you need.

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

Easy Lentil Spinach Soup


1 cup dried brown lentils*

5 cups vegetable broth**

29 ounces diced tomatoes

10 ounces fresh baby spinach

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

salt & pepper to taste

juice of 1 lemon


  1. Warm the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat then sauté the onion for several minutes.
  2. Toss in the spinach and the garlic and sauté until spinach is wilted.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes with liquid, and lentils to the pot along with dried herbs.
  4. Stir to combine and bring heat to a boil.
  5. Once the liquid starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Wait a few minutes then cover with a lid and allow to cook for 30 minutes, until lentils are just tender but not mushy. Remove from heat and squeeze in lemon juice then stir together.
  6. Divide into bowls and serve warm.


*I prefer to soak my lentils prior to cooking them as it enhances digestion, reduces cooking time and also the amount of vegetable broth needed. If you prefer to skip this step, have an extra cup or two of vegetable broth on hand in case you need more liquid.

**I always use Better Than Boullion's vegetable base for my vegetable broth because it yields the best flavor. You may need to add more salt if using a less flavorful broth.

Barely Adapted from Foodie Loves Fitness



Easy Lentil Spinach Soup

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  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 8, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Mmmm I love lentil soup, and easy recipes are great, especially when your trying to make time for the Bachelor.

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 8, 2014, 1:59 pm

    The Bachelor is so a priority ;)

    Love your bowls/dishes — where are they from?

    • Sarah January 9, 2014, 3:28 pm

      The bowl in this picture is from Pottery Barn. They torture me with their catalogs. I want all the things!! ;)

  • Ang @ Nutty for Life January 8, 2014, 2:05 pm

    The Bachelor’s 2 hour time slot is really a killer and a time suck… I never used to be a fan but Sean Lowe’s season sucked me in and now whaddaya know, I lost two hours every Monday night :p I love soups that are “souper” easy like this one – esp ones that utilize lentils so they’re budget friendly too.
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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 8, 2014, 2:19 pm

    When I say the words “easy” lentil” and “soup” all in one title then I know it is going to be a recipe for me! This definitely looks like a GOOD one!
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  • Kelly @ Femme Fitale January 8, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Love this recipe (and lentils in general)! Thomas would even eat this. I love soups, even if I do live in a warm climate. This one is perfect, especially for lunches!
    Man, I wish I had American channels. Miss my 2-hour Bachelor sessions!!!
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  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance January 8, 2014, 2:27 pm

    I love Nicole! If you guys ever meet up, I’ll make it my priority to go to the west coast! :)
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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 8, 2014, 2:40 pm

    Love lentils – they’re so filling! And in soup form? Definitely can’t go wrong ;-)
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 8, 2014, 4:01 pm

    With how insanely cold its been lately in my neck of the woods, this soup would be a perfect way to warm me up!

    And you are right…blogging definitely has connected me with some great people too! I think that’s why I love it so much!
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 8, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I just love the texture of lentils in soups like this! And lentils + spinach is always such a great combo. This looks like a winner, and so perfect for the cold weather that a lot of the country (although I know not the Bay Area!) is experiencing!

    The Bachelor takes up wayyy too much time. I am so addicted but every time I watch it I’m like, welp, there’s 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back! Good thing there are easy soups like this for the busy times in life… and the times when I have to have my butt nailed to the couch to watch trashy reality TV :)
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 8, 2014, 4:21 pm

    I feel like I’ve been seeing lentils popping up everywhere lately, which is probably a sign that I need them back in my life. I love ’em, but they tend to be one of those foods I forget about.

    Hope you’re doing well, lovely lady! Try not to stress yourself out too much <3
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  • Elise @ 9toFit.com January 8, 2014, 6:44 pm

    easy is key now a days!
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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate January 8, 2014, 6:45 pm

    I just made lentil chili and it was so yummy! This recipe looks great!

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine January 8, 2014, 7:23 pm

    What a sweet post dedicated to a fellow Bay Area blogger! Don’t worry about blogging either – life gets busy and we will all be here when you have more time to post or when The Bachelor is over ;)
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  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures January 8, 2014, 7:31 pm

    I LOVE all the blogging connections I’ve made. And the funny part is I literally NEVER thought that would be what I got from this crazy internet thing. But I follow that beauty on IG and didn’t realize there was a blog with her so I’m checking her out next! And easy soups are the best – and that seems super flavorful too! :) So adorable. And girl, your posting is coming along swimmingly! Everyone has their ups and downs and busy times, get after it while you can! Even if you didn’t post new content, I’d likely still come here and stalk all your older posts because I love your pictures (and you!) so much! :)
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    • Sarah January 9, 2014, 9:40 am

      You’re so sweet! Thanks girl! <3

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness January 8, 2014, 10:00 pm

    Sarah, this post is so sweet and I feel exactly the same way! We have like a million things in common and definitely need to meet up once that little life event called your wedding happens and your life isn’t so hectic. ;-)
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  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies January 9, 2014, 4:53 am

    I usually DVR my shows so I can skip over all the fluffy they pack in. Gives me a few very needed extra minutes in the day. This soup looks delicious.

    • Sarah January 9, 2014, 8:45 am

      I completely agree- the DVR is a must!

  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food January 9, 2014, 5:11 am

    Another lentil recipe I want to make! I was lamenting the fact that I haven’t had lentils in forever, yet I see yummy looking recipes with them popping up everywhere. I think a big pot of soup is exactly what I need right now! Bachelor’s a necessity, no matter how much you work!
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  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens January 9, 2014, 5:58 am

    Mmmmmm … I always love lentil soup, and this is just such a wonderful, easy recipe for it! Looks fantastic! Pinning for sure!!! :D
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven January 9, 2014, 6:50 am

    Be prepared for me to infiltrate your’s and nicole’s friendship once I move to the Bay Area! I’ve been fiending lentil soup too. Does that make us all kindred spirits?
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    • Sarah January 9, 2014, 8:44 am

      Yes, we are all kindred spirits!! ;)

  • Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme January 9, 2014, 9:18 am

    Spinach & lentils are fantastic together. Yummy
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  • Ashley January 9, 2014, 11:20 am

    Oh this looks so good! I have been alllll about lentils lately haha I’ve been using them so often and am constantly looking for new recipes to try! The simple factor is an added bonus : ) I hope you get some time to relax soon!
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  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 9, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Sarah, this is exactly my type of food, the way I eat when I can’t spend too much time in the kitchen but I have still energy to avoid all the carbs I get from my quickest meal, pasta. Love your pics :)
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  • Julia January 9, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Hands down, my favorite part about blogging is the community aspect. I love making connections with folks from across the nation! This soup is perfect! Simple, delicious and healthy! I hope work slows down for you. In the meantime, enjoy the delicious soup and Bachelor episodes!
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  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 10, 2014, 4:18 am

    This looks perfect for a cold, winter day!

    Why on earth to they insist on making The Bachelor 2 hours? Who has time for that? Darn you, Juan Pablo!
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  • dishing up the dirt January 10, 2014, 7:41 am

    What a lovely and simple soup. I love anything with lentils and this soup is no exception. I hope you get to relax a bit in the near future :)
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  • sonia the mexigarian January 10, 2014, 12:04 pm

    I love this kind of soup simple, tasty and hearty. Similar to what my Hungarian aunt made for us every now and then. I’ll have to ask her for her recipes. haha. Looks yummy. I’ll add this to the rotation of soups at home :)

  • Jen @ SavedbytheKale January 14, 2014, 4:35 am

    Sarah, that lentil soup looks delicious! MUST.MAKE.THIS!

  • Niki January 22, 2014, 10:24 am

    I just made this last nite. It tastiest wonderful. I did change it up a bit by adding carrots and celery and onion and garlic powder to the soup. My husband just loved it. He wants me to make it again. Thanks for this easy but delicious recipe.

    • Sarah January 22, 2014, 10:44 am

      I bet it’s even better with the extras added in! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out. :)

  • Gretchen January 31, 2014, 11:54 pm

    This soup looks perfect for the cold weather where we are! Just stumbled across your site… Recipes look delicious (hello quinoa cake!) and aren’t you two cute! Congrats on the upcoming wedding bells.
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    • Sarah February 1, 2014, 12:19 pm

      Aw, thanks Gretchen! :)

  • Patt May 17, 2014, 3:10 am

    Loved this soup. So very easy to make. I only used 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 6oz. of baby spinach. (That was what I had on hand) If you are counting for Weight Watchers, each serving is 1.5 points if you divide the recipe into 6 servings. If you divide the recipe into 4 servings, each serving would be 2.25 points. Very low points packed with lots of protein and flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Christine November 17, 2014, 7:06 pm

    This soup looks so warm and cozy. How long do you soak the lentils for?

    • Sarah November 17, 2014, 9:56 pm

      I usually soak them overnight so around 8 hours. But that step isn’t necessary if you don’t have time. I just do it because it’s supposed to help make them easier to digest.

  • Rachel Page May 28, 2015, 9:56 pm

    I made this soup and and it was very good!

  • Celeste October 10, 2015, 8:42 am

    Looks delish! But I’m plant based & counting macros for leaning out! Do you have nutrition info on your recipes?
    That would be awesome!

    • Sarah October 10, 2015, 10:09 pm

      Hi Celeste! I’ve started calculating nutrition facts on my more recent recipes but haven’t had a chance to update the older ones yet.
      You can copy and paste the ingredients into this calculator: http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php and it will give them to you. I hope that helps!

  • audrey November 15, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Oh yes,yes,yes!!! Beans and spinach – two 0n the list of “very favorites”. Thank you for this recipe. It’s on tonight’s table!

    • Sarah November 15, 2015, 9:04 pm

      So glad to hear that, Audrey! Thank you! :)


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