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Lentil Chick Pea Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This simple Lentil Chick Pea Soup will warm you to the bone. It's a protein-packed and hearty soup recipe with just the right amount of spice.

Course: Soup, Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: comfort food, lentils, chick peas, soup
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 oz. pancetta, diced
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dried green lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 14-oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, if desired
  1. Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until tender, stirring often, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Stir in the lentils, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, paprika, thyme leaves, cumin, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. Add the chick peas and balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until heated through. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste and serve with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Lentil Chick Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 378mg16%
Potassium 901mg26%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 4555IU91%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.