With inflation at all a high-time high, we have been treated to condescending posts and articles about how to save money. However, hidden in some of these articles are some actually good advice.
One of the best ways to save money on food is to cut down on meat, chicken, and fish and increase the amount of plant-based proteins you eat. I did this myself, and I saw my grocery bill decrease tremendously.
I experiment and try different forms of beans, rice, and lentils to make delicious suppers and lunches for my family. One of my absolute favorite dishes is lentil soup. I love soups and eat them all the time. Lentil soups are delicious, filling, and very, very cheap.
What Are Lentils?
Lentils are a type of legume, which is technically a vegetable. There are many different types of lentils that come in different colors and shapes. Some examples include red lentils, green lentils, and brown lentils.
Are Lentils a Good Source of Protein?
Yes! Lentils are a great source of protein. When compared to other beans, only soybeans contain more protein. When you mix lentils with a whole grain, lentils have the same amount of protein as meat but are more heart-healthy. (Source)
Try one of these lentil soup recipes today: whether you are trying to save money or eat a more heart-healthy diet, try one of these lentil soup recipes today!
21 Delicious and Cheap Lentil Soup Recipes
Take all of the best elements from your favorite curry or stew and pile them into a pot. Add hearty, little lentils, simmer them all together, and you have a stew that even you won’t believe is vegan.
This roasted carrot lentil soup is a creamy, rich, and cozy soup that boasts complex flavors with the simplest ingredients. Super nourishing and easy to make!
This Red lentil soup has heaps of lemon and veggies. It’s fragrant, healthy, and easy to make!
This lentil soup made in the instant pot is absolutely flavorful and delicious. It is quick and easy to make with vegetables at hand. It is a dump-and-go recipe.
This Rustic Mushroom Lentil Soup is packed with veggies, lentils, and smoky goodness! This hearty soup is perfect for a chilly winter day.
An easy, healthy soup recipe all made in your pressure cooker. This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is packed with flavor, is vegetarian, filling, and cozy to warm up with on a cold day.
A hearty, high-protein soup that’s easy and delicious! This warm and comforting Lentil Quinoa Soup comes together quickly using pantry and fridge staples. Perfect for any night of the week!
This protein and veggie-packed Lentil Rice Soup is hearty, flavorful, and sure to warm your belly and soul. You make this soup with simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.
Greek Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon features fresh butternut squash and potatoes. Serve with a lemon wedge and enjoy!
No time to cook? No problem. You can have a delicious homemade soup with only 5 minutes of prep with this lentil soup recipe!
Scottish red lentil soup is comfort food in a bowl. Make it with or without barley for a family favorite in no time.
This hearty Lentil Sausage Soup has the best homemade flavor with savory sausage, lentils, and vegetables in a flavorful broth. Chopped kale or spinach make easy add-ons as well! BONUS: It’s Stove Top and Crock-Pot friendly!
Easy to make in one pot, this vegan soup is hearty, filling, and loaded with goodness. This lentil and turmeric soup is made with coconut milk for a creamy texture and sweet flavor.
This vegan lentil soup recipe is full of hearty vegetables like celery, carrots, onions, and garlic that will leave you with a delicious-smelling kitchen and a happy belly!
When most people think of Indian dal, this red lentil dal in a rich tomato sauce is the one. It’s everything you want in a curry – flavorful and aromatic, with a comforting texture.
Dal Tadka is one of the most basic dals you can make. Its simplicity makes it highly comforting. I recommend enjoying it with basmati rice and a side of cooked greens.
Mercimek Corbasi (Turkish Red Lentil Soup) is a nation’s favorite, and it is almost on every restaurant’s menu. It is pretty similar to Ezogelin Soup, another type of Turkish legume soup, and it can be quite confusing when you want to order in a restaurant. However, this extraordinarily delicious & creamy soup is super easy to make in just half an hour!
This Vegetable Lentil Soup is vegan yet hearty enough to be the main course! The flavors are outstanding, and it’s easy to make.
Armenian Lentil Stew is a thick, rich medley of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, onions, golden raisins, and lentils, all flavored with a savory-sweet blend of traditional herbs and spices.
Yellow lentils are infused with garlic, ginger, tomatoes and seasoned using chilies, turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, and garam masala in this Instant Pot moong dal recipe. Caramelized onions cooked in whole spices become garnish, and it’s served with long-grained basmati rice in our home to create a comfort meal called dal chawal.
Our Goan masoor dal cooks with fennel, coriander, turmeric, and mustard seed. It’s balanced with creamy coconut milk, and the spinach and lime juice brightens the dish. This recipe is made in the Instant Pot and is ready and on your table in around 30 minutes.