Lentil Leek Soup (Blogger Secret Ingredient)

This week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient is lentils (chosen by Shannon of Tri to Cook).  So I made lentil soup!  I had leeks in the fridge, so I used them too… This was filling and perfect for fall.

Lentil Leek Soup


  • 1 cup (dry) green lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 carrots, chopped
  • 2 leeks, sliced (a little less than 1 cm slices)
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro (dry or fresh, use more if fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup water/veggie broth/chicken broth (whatever you prefer)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Put the lentils and 3 cups of water in a pot.  Bring the water to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook, covered, for 35 minutes, or until lentils are soft.
  2. In another pot, heat the olive oil.  Saute the leeks, celery, and carrots for 5-10 minutes, or until tender.  I like to do this on high heat so that some of the veggies get browned, but you can reduce the heat for more even cooking.
  3. Add the tomato, cinnamon, cilantro, soy sauce, and water/broth.  Add the lentils.  Cook for another 10 minutes over medium-low heat.
  4. Serve plain – or garnished with sour cream or yogurt – or topped with fresh herbs (parsley, basil) – and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Thanks again for a great ingredient, Shannon 🙂

8 Comments on Lentil Leek Soup (Blogger Secret Ingredient)

  1. Erin
    19 October, 2008 at 12:06 am (8 years ago)

    That’s such a great recipe! It looks so yummy. 🙂

  2. mi
    19 October, 2008 at 12:11 am (8 years ago)

    YUM!!!!! i love lentils, this sounds so so so delicious. great job!

  3. ttfn300
    19 October, 2008 at 5:11 am (8 years ago)

    ooh, that sounds delish!! the cinnamon in there is a great idea 🙂

  4. Brittany Mullins
    19 October, 2008 at 6:35 am (8 years ago)

    I love lentil soup. The lentil, leek combo looks delicious!

  5. happy herbivore
    19 October, 2008 at 7:49 am (8 years ago)

    I love leeks! I love lentils! I must make this soup (probably next week since i’m cookin’ morroccan lentil soup right now for this week) but I am stoked!

  6. Bridget Ulrich
    6 June, 2011 at 11:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Just made this recipe and it tastes great! I did make some small changes to accommodate the vegetables we had: changed the celery to a couple fennel fronds (the stems which can be substituted for celery); some cabbage; some garlic; tomato paste rather than a tomato (because we had none fresh); a little salt; and topped it off with a garnish of a little fresh lemon juice.

    EXCELLENT! Thanks for the help with dinner!

    • Maggie
      15 June, 2011 at 7:51 am (6 years ago)

      @Bridget: Thanks for your comment, it reminded me to make this again!! I will have to buy some stuff to have it this week 🙂 And I will definitely try your changes – the lemon juice especially sounds good.

  7. Becca
    3 August, 2011 at 11:15 am (5 years ago)

    How many does this serve???? LOOKS DELICIOUS!