Vegetarian Lentil and Rice Soup (Sopa de Lentejas y Arroz)

by Erica Dinho on October 28, 2010

Rice and Lentil soup

I really enjoy preparing soups like this one during the fall and winter months. It is an “everything-in-a-pot” kind of dish that is very easy and quick to prepare.

Once started, I can leave the soup to simmer on its own, almost unattended, and come back to it a half an hour later to find a pot of delicious and nutritious soup that is ready to eat.

Buen provecho!



  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 9 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a pot, add the onions, scallions and crushed garlic, let cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, red bell pepper, carrots, ground cumin, sazon goya, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and simmer for about 15 minutes more or until the rice and lentils are soft. Serve with avocado, cooked egg and aji.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa October 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Those eggs look so bright against such a hearty soup.


2 Simply Life October 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I just got a package of lentils and was thinking about what to do with them – this looks great!


3 norma October 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I just love my lentejas and I like the addition of the egg.


4 Joy October 29, 2010 at 8:49 PM

What a lovely meal of a soup! I will put a link on my fb Comfort Food page


5 Carla October 30, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I love lentil soup and this bowl is calling my name. I’ve never put rice in mine before, though I will the next time I make it. Nice and hearty.


6 Chris October 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Gorgeous plating. If you turned it upside down, it looks like a smiley face.


7 rebecca subbiah October 30, 2010 at 8:13 PM

made something similar the other day love the eggs on top cool idea


8 Erica November 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Thank you everyone!


9 Victoria February 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Hi! I will be making this recipe for several friends.

How many people can eat from this recipe? Thank you :)


10 Erica February 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Victoria-( About 4-6 servings) Main Course.


11 Joanna January 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Hi, i was just wondering how to make the vegetable broth?


12 Christina October 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hola Erica!

I just made this sopa de lentejas and it was delicious. I made the egg over medium and the egg oozing into the soup was great. I also added cilantro towards the end of the cooking process. My family is from Colombia and I plan to make this for them soon one day.


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