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Close up shot of bowl of crushed lentil soup with spoon inside bowl
Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This traditional Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup is my favorite childhood soup recipe! Made with simple pantry ingredients, it's vegan, hearty and healthy!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Lebanese Soup, Lentil Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red lentils
  • 1/2 cup short grain white rice brown rice is fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large carrot roughly chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and saute the onions until they soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the lentils, rice, cumin, salt and pepper, and cook for a few, stirring frequently until they are well mixed.

  3. Add the carrots and 8 cups of water, and bring mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes until the rice and lentils are fluffy and fully cooked. Make sure to stir several times while cooking to prevent any lentils from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

  4. Using an immersion blender, pulse a few times to get the desired consistency. Stir in the lemon juice.

  5. Garnish with green onions and parsley, if desired and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. The soup will last about 5 days in the fridge.

Sourcing: You can find red lentils at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, here are a couple common substitutions you can consider:

Equipment: I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for blending soups. It's quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of vegetables leftover.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. This recipe is estimated for 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 222mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 34.3%
Vitamin C 4.8%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.