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Lentil Soup with Chard and Garlic

If you thought that soup was just an appetizer, once you have a bowl of this Lentil Soup with Chard and Garlic you will realize that this could be a meal in itself. Not only is it filling, but it is also very flavorful as well.

Lentil Soup with Chard and Garlic

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6


  • 1/2 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks sliced or diced
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced into half-moons or diced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced (reserve half for later in recipe)
  • Kosher salt
  • A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup brown lentils sorted and rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded or thinly ribboned Swiss chard leaves or kale


  • Heat 1/4 cup olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pot) in a large pot on medium heat.
  • When hot, add the onion, celery, carrots, first two garlic cloves, a pinch of salt, and if you like your soup spicy, a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Cook until the vegetables soften a bit, another 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils, bay leaves, tomatoes, water, more salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the lentils are tender (about 40 minutes). (It might be necessary to add more water if the soup gets too thick, though we preferred ours on the thick side.)
  • When the lentils are cooked, add the chard and cook until the leaves are tender, just a few minutes more.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • To finish, divide soup among bowls, then add the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 garlic cloves to a small skillet and heat over medium until the garlic softens and hisses.
  • Drizzle this over soup bowls.
  • Leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge.
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