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Red Lentil Minestrone Soup

Make a large batch of this soup for easy, tasty workday lunches.

35 mins
9 ingredients
$1.35 / person
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Red Lentil Minestrone Soup



Serves = 4

  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 medium celery stalk
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 800 grams diced tomatoes (2 tins)
  • 3 cups (750ml) vegetable stock (salt reduced)
  • 1 extra cup of water
  • 1/2 cup red split lentils
  • 1 cup pasta (small shapes work best e.g. shells, risoni)

It’s this easy

  • Dice the onion, carrots, and celery into small cubes
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and chopped vegetables and cook until they start to soften
  • Add tomatoes, stock, extra water, lentils and pasta
  • Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the lentils and pasta are soft/cooked through


  • Add pepper and grated parmesan cheese to serve
  • Serve with crusty bread for dunking


Nutrition information (per serve):

  • Energy (1071kJ)
  • Protein (10.7g)
  • Total fat (3.6g)
  • Saturated fat (1.0g)
  • Carbohydrate (41.6g); Starch (29.1g), Sugars (12.6g), Added sugars (0.1g), Free sugars (0.1g)
  • Dietary fibre (7.6g)
  • Sodium (610mg)
  • Calcium (98mg)
  • Iron (4.4mg)


Contains: Gluten, Sesame, Soy, FODMAPs.
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