Lentil and Spinach Soup (Sopa de Lentejas con Espinacas)

by Erica Dinho on May 19, 2011

Spinach and Lentil Soup

My craving for spinach lately is surprising considering I hated spinach so much as a child and didn’t eat it as an adult until a couple of years ago. I have to admit, I was anti-spinach, but not anymore!

This soup is a fantastic meatless dish and is full of iron!




(4-6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 and1/2 cups dried lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups spinach, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, sauté the carrot and onion and cook until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, red pepper, green pepper and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the lentils, the broth and tomato paste, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender about 25 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes more.
  5. Add the spinach and simmer for about 2 minutes more. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve warm with plain white rice.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa May 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Me too! Used to hate it, but now it’s one of my veggies of choice. So anything that celebrates sounds great to me!


2 Joan Nova May 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM

It looks so comforting and satisfying.


3 Lyndsey May 19, 2011 at 3:45 PM

This looks great! I love adding spinach to so many things just to get it in there. My daughter even accept this now! I would eat it when I was young but only with lemon juice on it.


4 Cynthia May 19, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I have not had soup with rice in ages Erica. This makes me hungry.

Thanks for stopping by…


5 norma May 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

two of my favorites rolled into one..soooo good


6 tasteofbeirut May 26, 2011 at 11:57 PM

We also make lentil soups with chard; this soup looks delicious with all these flavorful veggies and I am going to make it next time! Thanks!


7 rosita vargas May 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Que hermoso plato yo adoro las lentejas,tu receta es estupenda,gracias por venir a mi cocina ,me gusta Colombia y sus recetas,hace ya 10 años fuimos a Colombia y nos preparaban comidas exquisitas como las tuyas,cariños y abrazos.


8 Maca Gómez January 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hola Erica, estoy absolutamente enamorada de tu blog! Me encanta, me dan ganas de cocinar todo el día. Ya tengo fichadas un par de recetas que quiero intentar. Me hacen sentir como en casa. Yo soy colombiana también y vivo en Escocia, se me dificulta conseguir ciertos ingredientes, la población latina acá no es tan grande, pero se hace lo que se puede. Por cierto, preparé esta sopa y fue como tomar sopa de la abuela, maravilloso! Saludos.


9 Erica January 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Maca- Gracias por tu comentario y me alegra que te guste la pagina!!


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