Mediterranean-Style Lentil Soup

// Mediterranean-Style Lentil Soup

Prep Time

12 mins

Cook Time

39-40 mins

Free Time

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Easy, healthy, and even tastier the next day, this lentil soup checks all the boxes for the perfect weeknight meal. Protein-packed legumes and lentils cook down into a thick stew that's punctuated with tart sun-dried tomatoes. The flavors only intensify over time, so make sure to cook a large batch.

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What You’ll Need

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The Large Deep Dish


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup (60g ) finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup (60g) finely chopped fennel
  • ½ cup (60g) finely chopped carrot
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cups (1000ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (200g) crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup (150g) green or brown lentils
  • ½ cup (50g) roughly chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup (160g) canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Black pepper, as needed
  • Fresh dill, chopped, as needed


  1. Combine olive oil, onion, fennel, carrot, garlic, and tomato paste in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the salt, stock, crushed tomatoes, lentils, and sundried tomatoes, and stir to combine. Cook uncovered for 33-34 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Note: you may start with 4 cups of stock and add the remaining 2 cups in the last 5 minutes as the water is absorbed.
  3. Add the beans and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes or until all ingredients are hot. Season with black pepper. If you like your soup slightly brothier, add a bit more stock to your liking.
  4. To serve, sprinkle freshly chopped dill over the soup and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute cannellini beans with your favorite canned beans such as black, kidney, pinto or even garbanzo.
  • Substitute the fennel for red bell peppers or chopped cabbage if preferred.
  • Stir in fresh spinach right at the end for even more veggies.

Recipe notes

  • It is important to cook grains uncovered to avoid spillover. 
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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