Thermobexta’s Hearty Lentil Soup

Lentil SoupThis is such a flavoursome, hearty soup that I hope you enjoy as much as we do.  It warms you up from the inside and is perfect for a cold day!

200g dried brown or green lentils
100g leek, sliced into rounds
240g carrots, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
75g white sweet potato, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
75g zucchini, diced into bite sized pieces
75g celery, sliced (including some of the leaves, if you have them)
20g ghee (or butter)
20g extra virgin olive oil
150g tomato paste
70g vegetable stock paste
1 large or 2 small dried bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
800g water

1. Firstly, you will need to soak the lentils.  Place them in a bowl and cover generously with water. Leave for 2-3 hours. After this time, drain and rinse thoroughly then you can get started with cooking the soup.

2. Into mixer bowl, place leek, carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, celery, ghee and olive oil. Saute for 15 minutes/100/reverse/speed 1/MC on. Softening the veggies in this way before adding the liquid makes a big difference to the flavour.

3. Add the drained, rinsed lentils, tomato paste, stock paste, bay leaves, thyme, cayenne and enough water to reach the 2L line inside the bowl (approximately 800g water). Cook for 35 minutes/100/reverse/speed soft/MC on, or until lentils are tender.

Check out the improved version of this recipe in my cookbook, Feel Good Food Made Easy.


31 thoughts on “Thermobexta’s Hearty Lentil Soup

  1. Wow, as the description says, you will love this hearty, wholesome soup. It was so filling and will become a regular on our winter menus. Even tomato hating hubby loved it, had seconds and asked me to make it again.
    I used green lentils (which looked like brown ones) soaked for 2.5hrs, and fresh bay leaf and thyme. It kept warm in my thermoserver for 3 hours so great to make ahead as well.
    Thanks once again Bec


  2. I made this for dinner on this freezing cold Melbourne night. What a dish! This was fantastic. I used green split peas as that was all I had (didn’t soak beforehand) and it great. Will be making again and again and again. It’s a winner. Love your work Bec 🙂


  3. Delicious!! Also unexpectedly very creamy, hubby thought I had added cream. I can’t wait to make it again, maybe tomorrow night! :-). Thanks Bec!

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  4. Thanks again Bec!!
    Made this yesterday with a couple of variations to suit what was in the fridge.
    No cayenne pepper either, but miss vego loved it, and we will both enjoy for lunch today


  5. I made this as my mum’s first thermomix meal and her first exclamation was ‘what a delicious hearty soup’. She now has your blog information and no doubt will be cooking up a Thermobexta storm in no time!


  6. I’ve had a run of bad luck with dried legumes recently. 😦 I made this today with green lentils, soaked them for 3.5 hours before draining and adding to the tmx but after cooking they were still crunchy (temp was definitely on, the liquid was bubbling and steaming). I gave them another 10 minutes at 100ºC then let them sit in the thermoserver for about 15 minutes which helped a bit, but I was too hungry to wait any longer. 😉 Still delicious though!


  7. I’m sitting here trying to figure out where the deliciousness came from?!? Witchcraft!! As a total lentil novice I could never have imagined they’d be so tasty, so thank you!

    Also – as a side note, does the white sweet potato play a special role? I could only source orange so I subbed that instead.


  8. I’m a bit puzzled with this recipe. Rave reviews on the blog. So I made some yesterday for work lunches. Had to cook a further 35 mins as the lentils were crunchy at the end time. Sorry to say I found it really bland. Added 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes at 35min mark which improved it a bit… 😯


  9. Such a fantastically delicious soup. Leftovers did not stay around long enough for me to get any. Hungry teenage boy had it for snacks and lunch. Will definitely be making this again 🙂

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  10. I just made this delicious soup. I used red lentils because i had them and they dont need soaking…i used a half jar of Pasata (about 300g) and added water to that to make up the 800g…so didnt need the tomato paste….used homemade stock paste from basic cook book ….and i have eaten nearly the whole lot….thank you it is a really great soup (meal)..


  11. I am obsessed with all your recipes and both of your cookbook are covered in food because I have used them so much. But this recipe is actually my fave! So so so so delicious and nurturing. As someone said above it’s like a big bear hug!


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