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Lentil Soup


This lentil soup is of a Hungarian based recipe and it is traditional to eat lentils during New Years day to symbolize money coming your way for the coming year

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions
  • cubed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 carrots
  • diced
  • 2 stalks celery
  • diced
  • 3 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils - soaked
  • rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


servings 8
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 80mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

In a large stockpot, saute the onions in oil until they are glossy. Stir in garlic, paprika, celery, carrots, and saute for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Once the vegetables have sauteed for 10 minutes stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Slowly reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour on low to medium heat; or until the lentils are tender.

Step 3

Sprinkle the soup with parsley and Parmesan (optional) before serving.


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