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This French Carrot Lentil Soup recipe is hearty, flavorful, and loaded with delicious vegetables. Made with red lentils, carrots, onions, and French spices, this soup is easy to meal prep! Vegan, gluten free, and high protein.

I love a bright, creamy, flavorful, hearty plant-based soup – and this recipe hits all the marks. Its velvety and creamy, and surprisingly hearty for a pureed soup.  The red lentils and the carrots are the absolute stars of this simple dish.
 
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We are year-round soup lovers, I make two big batches of soup for our lunches every week!  I love that its super easy to meal prep, and I enjoy coming up with new ways to enjoy pantry staples like lentils, beans, rice, and pasta.  Chunky, hearty soups are my go-to but wanted to try something a little more creamy and this lentil and carrot soup was born!

I love the French flavors in this soup- Herbes de Provence is one of my favorite spice blends (a mix of thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram, and oregano) I use it in tons of recipes. Its the star of my Coconut Cream of Mushroom soup and our weeknight favorite Roasted Root Vegetables with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette.

This French Carrot Lentil Soup Is:

  • Packed with Flavor
  • Made with whole, simple ingredients (and some pantry staples!)
  • Creamy and velvety
  • Filling until dinner
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free

What’s In This Simple Carrot Lentil Soup?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Red Lentils: I’d recommend red lentils over other varieties of lentil for this soup.  I always have red lentils on hand for recipes. They are great to throw into soups, stews, and even chilis for a little extra protein!
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Vegetable Stock or Bouillon
  • Onion
  • Bay Leaf: a great addition to this dish, I always add bay leaves to my soups!
  • Herbes De Provence: give this dish a sophisticated flavor.  Herbs de Provence is a French spice blend of thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram, and sage.  It’s probably THE most used spice in my kitchen.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Coconut Cream: to stir in for a silky finish. I like a full-fat coconut cream, which makes this soup really extra!   if you eat dairy you can also add a dollop of crème fraiche or Greek yogurt instead.

Quick Cooking Soups Anytime

I’ve been cooking tons of pantry staple recipes lately, and have stocked way up on red lentils.  They are an amazing source of plant protein and are packed with flavor. 

I also love that red lentils cook so quickly – unlike other beans, these lentils can be cooked through on the stove top in about 30 minutes.  No soaking or overnight prep required!

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Pantry Lentil Soup Recipes for the WIN!

As you can see from the ingredients list, this is a pretty simple recipe that requires a few pantry staple spices, lentils, and produce.  I always always always have a stash of carrots, onions, and garlic in our fridge. 

No matter what I plan to make for the week, I always keep those 3 vegetables on hand.  They last a long time in the fridge, go great in almost any meal, and are inexpensive to buy in bulk. My list of 125 Top Vegan Pantry Staple Ingredients & Recipes has some great ideas to cook with what is in your cupboards.

Easy Meal Prep Soups

This soup was so awesome to meal prep for a week of work lunches.  Its easy to cook for #MealPrepSunday, requires little hands-on cooking time, and is packed with filling plant protein. 

I tend to get a little snack-y in the late afternoon, and this soup was hearty enough to keep me full until dinner time!  Which doesn’t happen too often. If you are having for dinner or planning to serve for company, it can easily be made ahead too, and reheated right before serving.

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How Do I Make This Vegan French Carrot Lentil Soup?

  1. In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over low heat.  Add the onion and sauté on low for 7 or 8 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, onions, red lentils, bay leaves, Herbes De Provence, and Vegetable stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer the soup for 30 minutes until the red lentils are cooked through and the carrots soften.
  3. Remove bay leaves, and with an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is completely smooth.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, then puree small batches in a normal blender.
  4. Serve warm with a dollop of coconut cream, cashew cream, or crème fraiche and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.
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Dietary Modifications

While this soup is naturally vegan and gluten-free, you can easily make this oil free by substituting the olive oil for vegetable stock.

If you aren’t vegan and you eat dairy, you can skip the coconut cream or cashew cream garnish and stir in crème fraiche or Greek yogurt.

More Hearty Vegan Soup Recipes You’ll Love!

Coconut Milk Cream of Mushroom Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Mango Black Bean Chili (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Sweet Potato (Vegan, GF, Whole30)

Mason Jar Instant Ramen Noodle Soup (Vegan, Low Sodium, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Ribolitta; Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup (Vegan, GF Option)

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French Carrot Lentil Soup

This French Carrot Lentil Soup is hearty, filling, and packed with vegetables. Made with red lentils, carrots, onions, and French spices, this soup is easy to meal prep!
4.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American, French
Servings 6
Calories 287 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven, or heavy lidded pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 6 carrots chopped
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Coconut Cream or Cashew Cream to garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over low heat.  Add the onion and saute on low for 7 or 8 minutes until the onions begin to soften.  Add the carrots, celery, onions, red lentils, bay leaves, Herbes De Provance, and Vegetable stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer the soup for 30 minutes until the red lentils are cooked through and the carrots soften.
  • Remove bay leaves, and with an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is completely smooth.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, then puree small batches in a normal blender.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of coconut cream, cashew cream, or Craime Fraishe and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 16gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1809mgPotassium: 808mgFiber: 21gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 11088IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This soup is amazing! The only change we made was to stir in a whole can of coconut milk. The sweetness complimented the savoury of the soup. Fantastic recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    I used the Better Than Bouillon that was recommended and found the taste to be too strong. I followed the directions on the jar and think I may have used too much. I added 2/3/ C of coconut milk and the juice from half a lemon and that helped a lot. I’d like to try this again adjusting the vegetable broth.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Terri,
      Thanks for reaching out! A recommendation on the Better than Bouillon would be to make it in a seperate pot first, taste and adjust bouillon to your liking, then add it to the soup. That way you can get the broth to be the right flavor you like before adding it in. Great tip on the lemon! I’ll have to try that one next time 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Hello Sue,
      You add the carrots at the same time as the lentils, celery, spices, and vegetable stock! They should all simmer together, and then be blended once cooked through. Let me know how this recipe turns out!

  3. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious! I love lentils but I feel like I always make them the same way! A new staple!

  4. Always need an easy delicious soup that is home made without the sodium and sparse vegetables that are in the canned variety

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