cozy cold weather lentil soup

If you live anywhere in the United States, but ESPECIALLY in the Midwest right now, I know that you are freezing. The temperatures have been below freezing for the past two weeks, leaving me wondering why I have not moved to a tropical island yet???

Luckily, if there is one thing that makes cold weather a little better, it’s wrapping yourself in a blanket and eating warm cozy soup (and preferably not leaving the house all day). So, naturally, in the last couple of days that I have before school and work start back up, I have been making different soups for the whole family. First up- lentil soup!

My mom has been making lentil soup ever since I can remember, it is an extremely popular food in my Bulgarian family. I have been watching her make it for years, and this recipe is pretty much my mom’s recipe, but with a couple more spices added for a little bit more of a kick. My family said they loved it, and I know I sure did! Hope you enjoy 🙂

cozy cold weather lentil soup

Cozy Cold Weather Lentil Soup

  • Servings: about 8 bowls
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cozy cold weather lentil soup


  • 2 cups of lentils
  • 16 cups of vegetable broth (you can use water if you don’t have any, but vegetable broth really gives it more flavor)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped small onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 can of tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • pepper


  1. Rinse the lentils before cooking.
  2. Transfer the lentils and all of the other ingredients (besides the salt) into one large pot and cook over the stove on high until the water starts to boil.
  3. Once the water has boiled, cover the pot and change the heat to low and cook for another 30-40 minutes.
  4. Add the salt towards the end. Adding the salt too early can make the lentils become tough.

That’s it! They’re super easy, just take some time. This recipe fed my whole family of four for dinner and then again for lunch the next day, so if it is too much, just half the recipe 🙂