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#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

This healthy, colour-packed recipe for Turmeric, Lentil & Lemon Soup scoops up some key anti-inflammatory ingredients and simmers them in a silky autumnal broth.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

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Whether you are fighting a cold, feeling low in energy or just fancy a nourishing bowl of something tasty, be sure to make time for this intensely flavoured and easily made soup. I bet you already have the ingredients.

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeBuilt on a base of quercetin-rich red onions, immune-regulating garlic and anti-inflammatory darling turmeric, the broth – at once light and hearty – floats a veritable who’s who of nutritious food superstars. Kale, carrots, lentils, sun-dried tomatoes (for a tasty dose of lycopene) and lemon zest, not to mention fresh herbs and chilli flakes, come together to invigorate you on the coldest and shortest of days. You can change the kale for cabbage of any kind; add in some cooked grains for heft; leave out the chilli flakes. But what I would say is that I have carefully balanced the flavours until I (and my chief tester) have judged it to be perfect. I would urge you to first try it as written before making it your own way – although you know I love it when you make my recipes YOUR recipes.

We have declared this our favourite soup of the season. I doubt I will better it, to be honest. But I will try!#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipeA few words of wisdom – to be ignored if you like: serve the broth warm rather than scalding hot. The flavours really really come through when it has been cooked and allowed to cool a bit. Use the cooling time to slice some good bread (no sliced and bagged stuff please) and slide it into the toaster or under the grill. Now reach up on tip toes to fetch the good evoo that you hide from the rest of the household (oops, is that just me then?) and drizzle some over the toast, keeping it handy to anoint the soup if you wish. We have it without any fripperies but if you fancy doing so add shavings of fresh Parmesan or a vegetarian equivalent. This soup makes four hearty servings and freezes well. Andrew has taken it to work and eaten it at room temperature; he reported back that this was perfectly fine to do.#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

5 Ways To Tweak Your Anti-Inflammatory Broth

1) Add in more goodness by tipping in a can of best quality tomatoes (tomatoes are NOT pro-inflammatory*, although individuals may be sensitive to the small amount of solanin in all edible nightshade relatives)

2) Change out the kale for its milder cousins, chard or spinach

3) Cook up some grains and add them in. Or better yet, reach into your freezer to add in some frozen grains that you cleverly cooked at an earlier date. Freekeh is especially fabulous here.

4) Make this with more of an Indian sub-continent vibe by adding in half teaspoon each of ground cumin, cinnamon and coriander; ditching the rosemary for leaf coriander/cilantro

5) Add in even more vegetables! The more the merrier. Why not try cubes of celeriac, rutabaga or green beans?#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

* If you are interested in what DOES cause inflammation, have a read of this layman’s article from on the 6 Foods That Cause Inflammation.ย 

***And, if you are keen to know more about the power of turmeric (and what it can’t do) and the best way to use it, read (or re-read) my article, Spiced Golden Milk – Drinking To Your Health.

***Plus, my more recent article – with a fabulous turmeric soft drink recipe – that drills down into the best ways to get the most out of including turmeric in your diet.

Have you fully made the switch from leafy salads to soups? What foods are you craving right now?#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe

#Mediterranean #Lentil, #Turmeric and Lemon Broth - #antiinflammatorydiet #soup #vegetables #recipe
5 from 2 votes

Turmeric, Lentil and Lemon Soup

This healthy, colour-packed soup recipe scoops up some key anti-inflammatory ingredients and simmers them up in a silky autumnal broth.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword anti-inflammatory, kale, lentils, turmeric, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 245 kcal


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric or fresh, grated
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice optional
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 150 grams red/orange lentils rinsed
  • 1.7 litres light vegetable stock I use Marigold Swiss Bouillon
  • 8 sun-dried tomato halves in oil chopped
  • 80 grams kale rinsed and chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 unwaxed lemon zest and juice
  • 1 handful parsley finely chopped
  • extra extra virgin olive oil for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium-large saucepan over low-medium flame. Add the onion and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, celery, carrots, turmeric, pepper, allspice, rosemary and chilli flakes. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until smelling gorgeous and garlicky

  2. Add in the lentils and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and partially cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils are tender.

  3. Stir in the kale, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon zest to the soup. Bring back up to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley and serve warm, rather than hot.

Recipe Notes

This brothy soup tastes best on the day, but freezes and reheats well. If you know you won't be eating it for a day or two, leave out the last-minute additions of kale, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon juice until you reheat the broth.

To make the broth heartier, add a handful of cooked grains. Adding uncooked into the broth will "muddy" it, but that's just a cosmetic thing. Add more stock if using uncooked grains.

Nutrition Facts
Turmeric, Lentil and Lemon Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 730mg21%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 74mg7%
Vitamin C 39.5mg48%
Vitamin A 4755IU95%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


All Seasons’ Minestrone – my favourite minestrone ever!

Piri Piri Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup with Spinach, Mint and Caraway – sounds odd, but tastes amazing!

Ethopian Berbere-Spiced Lentil Stew

Butternut Squash, Lentil and Lemongrass Curry (more a stew)



Quick Spinach Soup – from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All

Cabbage Soup with Ginger and Harissa – from Cathy at Planet Veggie

Quick Kale Soup – from cookbook author Kate at Veggie Desserts

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup – from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours

Butternut Squash, tahini and Lemon Soup – from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours

Celeriac Soup with Apple and Chilli Oil – from Chris at Thinly Spread

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup – from Chris at Thinly Spread

Mushroom Soup with Freekeh – from Helen at Family Friends Food

Sweet & Sour Cabbage and Tomato Soup with Rice – from Helen at Family Food Friends

Chunky Vegetable Soup with Spinach-Cashew Pesto – by Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Apple Parsnip Soup – by Choclette at Tin and Thyme

Beetroot and Autumn Vegetables Soup – by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food For Families



24 thoughts on “The Recipe You Need Right Now – Turmeric, Lentil & Lemon Soup

  1. Wow wow! I would love that right now as Iโ€™m on a long train journey with a sore back …imagine if the railways serve food like this and why not?! Stunning styling as usual ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thank you, Niki. I’m gutted about your back though. Hopefully our outing today will take your mind off of it a little xx

  2. Mr A says:

    This is deeply nourishing and feels like it’s doing you good with every mouthful – delicious.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks loyal reader and chief taste tester ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. Ann Anderson says:

    Just what the ‘doctor’ordered!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      And cancer health educator! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lovely recipe..I am a firm believer in turmeric and I am into soups at this time of year in a big way. Great ingredients cooked from scratch.. thanks Sally

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I am forever extolling the virtues of turmeric and I am always so happy to know that others find it just as valuable as I do. Let mw know if you try this soup. It really is my favourite at this time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ps I forgot to answer your question – we are eating loads of mushrooms & leafy greens and I keep reaching for khaki clothes from my wardrobe…I guess we are into the Autumn/ Winter season (which I love)

  6. MAGNY TJELTA says:

    It looks like the most amazing dinner โค๏ธ

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. lisakunk says:

    Oh my gosh all these soups look so good that you’ve listed. I printed out the main one and am ready to get on it. Thanks.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I’m happy that all of the soups appeal (!!). Let me know here or on Instagram how you like this Turmeric, Lentil and Lemon Soup, will you? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Helen Eragona says:

    Your blog post popped up this afternoon on my email, when I was cold and tired. And you were right โ€“ this is the soup I need right now! I am now in my pjs, slurping up a bowl of this (delicious) soup, listening to the wind howl outside and waiting for The Great British Bake Off semifinal to start. Utter autumnal perfection! Thanks Kellie.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Yay! Helen, I’m so glad that this recipe came at the right time for you! Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. I had popcorn during GBBO. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I made a batch of this soup for yesterday’s cancer nutrition class, and will be having the leftovers tonight!

  9. This soup is making my tummy rumble!! Yum!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I’ll take that as a compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oh goodness Kelly, this looks absolutely delicious, I wish I could reach into the screen with my spoon!

    1. kellie anderson says:


  11. Cheri says:

    Wow wow wow! This soup looks amazing I have many of the ingredients except sun dried tomatoes.
    I will get the tomatoes for authentic flavour, but could you suggest an alternative as they are quite expensive if making this soup on a budget.
    I love the list of soups mentioned & can you suggest a supplier for your Tumeric.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Hi Cheri. I love the enthusiasm for this soup! It makes me so happy! It will still be delicious without the sun-dried tomatoes but if dried rather than in oil is quite a bit cheaper get those. As for the turmeric, get whatever your grocery store sells. Let me know how you get on with the soup, okay? ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. Oh my goodness Kellie, this soup looks stunning and one I could definitely do with today as feeling so under the weather. Thank you for linking to my spinach soup:-)

    1. kellie anderson says:

      I hope that you are completely recovered by now. My husband has picked something up so this is his dinner tonight!

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