French Lentil Soup with Herbes de Provence

Hearty lentils and fresh vegetables combine with fragrant herbs to create a culinary delight for the senses.

The diminutive green French lentil has a firm texture that holds its shape when cooked. A warm, toasted baguette makes an ideal accompaniment.

Serves 4

What You Need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons dry sherry or white wine
1 cup French lentils
1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 cups vegetable broth
4 cups baby spinach

What You Do:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in sherry, then add lentils, tomatoes, herbes de Provence, salt, pepper, and broth.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes, adding more broth if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings. About 5 minutes before serving, stir in the spinach. Serve hot.

Try these other 'round-the-world soups!
Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
Asian Noodle Soup


More Recipes

Pumpkin Patch Hummus

The official hummus of Halloween, this fall dip brings together pumpkin, garlic, and cinnamon.
Read More »

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Rehydrate after all those active adventures with this bright and juicy summer salad.
Read More »

Blueberry Lavender Popsicles

This incredible fusion of flavor makes for a refreshing treat on a hot afternoon.
Read More »

Mango Slushie

Add extra ice and a splash of sparkling water to turn that smoothie into a sweet glass of icy goodness.
Read More »

Three Cool-Down Treats for Hot Summer Days

As the warm weather comes to an end, enjoy these refreshing treats without ever turning on the oven.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »