Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup

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Chickpeas, lentils, and plenty of aromatics join forces in a comforting soup with rich depth of flavor. This hearty vegetarian main is brimming with plant-powered protein, fiber, and good-for-you nutrients. Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup (vegan, gluten free) | dishingouthealth.comFew things are more welcoming than a hearty bowl of lentil soup. And you can’t beat the convenience of a one-dish meal simmering on the stovetop after a long day.

This one-hour soup is incredibly simple to make, yet boasts big flavors. It’s smoky and zesty with a jolt of spice to help you relax and feel cozy. In other words, it’s a big ol’ hug in a bowl. Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup (vegan, gluten free) | dishingouthealth.comPulses add hearty texture and staying-power, while kale adds earthy flavor and nutritional heft. Simmered in a light tomato broth with garlic, onions, carrots, and herbs, this soup is as virtuous as it is satisfying. Smoked paprika is the secret ingredient to adding satisfying smokiness with a warm, peppery edge.

And like most soups, it tastes even better the next day. Helloo leftovers!Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup (vegan, gluten free) | dishingouthealth.comI love that this soup feels hearty enough for chilly evenings, yet it’s light enough to usher in spring (which, by the way, officially starts in a few weeks!). I’m honestly not ready to big adieu to the cold weather. Coming from Florida, this was the first winter i’ve ever experienced that actually FELT like winter. As in, temperatures below 80°F.

I thought i’d be a big ol’ whimp and hate it, but I LOVED it all. Cozy sweaters, boots, and nonexistent allergies. It was bliss. But it will be nice to see how Alabama transforms in the spring.
Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup (vegan, gluten free) | dishingouthealth.comThis recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan (if you omit the parmesan topping), but if you’re looking for extra “meatiness”, pancetta or bacon would add even more smokiness and great flavor.

Serve it with crusty, whole grain bread and a garden-fresh side salad and it’s the perfect meal. Enjoy!Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup (vegan, gluten free) |

5 from 4 votes

Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup

Chickpeas, lentils, and plenty of aromatics join forces in a comforting soup with rich depth of flavor. This hearty vegetarian main is brimming with plant-powered protein, fiber, and good-for-you nutrients.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 5 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 4 cups 32 oz. unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 16 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for topping optional
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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; cook 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add tomato paste, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add lentils, stock, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, until lentils are al dente.
  • Add chickpeas and kale; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes, until kale is wilted. Stir in lime and crushed red pepper, if desired. Spoon into bowls and top with parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast.
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  1. Judy says:

    I have made this before, but finished it within a couple days. Wondering if you froze leftover soup and if so how it was when finally used.

  2. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been making this for months it’s just so flavorful, only thing changed 1T smoked paprika vs 1t and used spinach as I don’t care for kale. Will be making this FOREVER!!!

  3. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I made this last week and loved it so much I had it for lunch every day. Stores great in fridge. So much flavor, it’s filling, and my office mates wanted the recipe. Thank you!

    1. Jamie Vespa says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Karen! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  4. Maya says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and wow!! So flavorful, comforting, and easy to make. This will definitely be one of my go-to soup recipes. Can’t wait to share it with others, but at the same time I want it all for myself! This is a winner in my book. Thanks for creating a delicious recipe. I look forward to trying out some of your other beautiful dishes.

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Yay! So happy you enjoyed it, Maya! Thank you for coming back and leaving a review! Cheers

  5. Sara says:

    I wonder if I can make this in my InstaPot?

  6. Cristina says:

    I made this soup as part of my weekly meal plan, and it is so flavorful and delicious. I didn’t use any oil, just sautéed in water. Wow, I will be making this again!

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Yay I’m so thrilled to hear that!! And thank you so much for coming back and leaving a review. Cheers!

  7. Rachel says:

    What is the calorie content/nutritional value?
    It was great!

  8. holly says:

    what is the calorie/nutrition info for this lentil soup