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Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup is a simple, healthy and hearty meal that's great for digestion and the liver. Easy to make, packed with protein and delicious!

Detox Lentil Soup Recipe

It's officially soup season and I'm so here for it! Today we're whipping up a delicious detox soup recipe that is packed with flavor, but also protein and fiber. This hearty soup is going to quickly become your new favorite – especially if you love spice!

What are we making? We're making a glorious Moroccan Lentil Soup full of chopped veggies, starchy potatoes, two types of lentils and all the spices!

The Moroccan spices we're using are warming, great for digestion and so tasty. We've got turmeric, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and smoked paprika which makes this soup extra cozy! It's also freezer-friendly, meal prep-friendly AND made in just one pot!

Types of Lentils

Benefits of Eating Lentils

Lentils are one of my favorite ingredients to add to soups. For starters, they're super high in protein. In fact, lentils have more protein than most other beans. Lentils are also high in fiber, so they're filling and hearty.

And finally, lentils cook quickly and have an amazing texture. They typically take about 40 minutes (max) to cook and give a soup a somewhat meat-like texture which is perfect for those of us who have meat eaters in our houses.

But what types of lentils are best? The answer is any of them!

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Best Types of Lentils for Soup

There are three main types of lentils that work really well in soup:

  1. Green/Brown Lentils: my go-to lentils for soup are green or brown. They cook in about 35 – 40 minutes and hold their shape. They have a mellow flavor, but help give you that meaty texture. They're also really easy to find at most grocery stores!
  2. Red Lentils: these are perfect for soup when you use them in combination with something else. Red lentils cook very quickly and don't hold their shape. They break down and turn quite thick. I love adding them into soups as a secondary ingredient because they help thicken the soup while not affecting the flavor AND adding protein at the same time.
  3. French Lentils: these are my last choice because of the texture. They're kind of on the crunchy side and I find that they don't blend in as much. I'd say that if you want to use French lentils, you'd be better off with a brothy soup (not thick like this one).

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How to Make Moroccan Lentil Soup: 3 Ways

Now let's chat soup, specifically how to make it. I'm sure you already know how to actually make soup, but I thought it might be helpful to break down the three ways I personally like to make soup. You can also use these three methods for making this Moroccan lentil soup:

How to make Moroccan Lentil Soup:

  1. Stove Top: this method is what you'll find below. It's quick and it allows you to build the flavor as you cook. I personally usually make soup this way because I'm not a great planner and it's easy. I use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven for this.
  2. Slow Cooker: you could also totally make this detox lentil soup in the slow cooker as well. Just add all the ingredients into your slow cooker, stir it together and let it cook. It should cook for 4 – 6 hours on low, 3 – 4 on high. Here's the slow cooker I have at home.
  3. Instant Pot: I'll be honest and say that I haven't nailed the InstantPot yet, but I do love using it to make soup. For this recipe, I'd say start with the saute setting to cook your veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients in. Cook it on high for about 10 minutes and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. I have the 6qt Instant Pot and love it!

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An Easy Vegan Meal Prep Recipe

Soup is a great meal prep option. This recipe makes six servings so you can make it on a Sunday, serve it for dinner (with a small side salad) and then have a few portions leftover for lunches for the week!

If you are planning to meal prep this recipe, I'd recommend storing the portions individually with all the toppings. Since you'll be heating it up, the coconut yogurt will melt into the soup, which will actually be so delicious!

Here are the best meal prep containers for soup:

The bottom line when choosing containers, make sure you're using glass so that you can heat it up without worrying about plastic!

Moroccan Lentil Soup Recipe

How to Store Moroccan Lentil Soup

What I love about soup is that it makes great leftovers. You can either keep it in the fridge for 4 – 5 days and reheat it as you want, or you could freeze it. The best way to freeze soup is to store it in the size servings you plan to eat. If you want a meal for 2, freeze two portions. Just for one lunch? Freeze just one. That way you'll only end up thawing what you need.

Topping Ideas for Moroccan Lentil Soup

And finally, before you dive into this amazing soup, let's talk toppings! Toppings for me are a must and I love having some fun with them. I try to make it color, I try to have something spicy and I always do something cooling as well.

Here's what I love to top my lentil soup with:

  • Coconut yogurt or vegan sour cream: this adds some tang, some creaminess and also cools the soup down a bit so you can dive right in!
  • Chopped jalapeños: these add some crunch and some spice! Another option here would be red pepper flakes.
  • Chopped red onion: I partly use these for color, but also for a little bite.
  • Fresh herbs: you can never go wrong with herbs! They brighten up a dish, add a nice pop of color and really do help with the freshness element. For this soup, I'd recommend parsley or cilantro!

And that's pretty much it! Now you're ready to dig in and enjoy your Moroccan Lentil Soup! I can't wait to hear what you think ❤️

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Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup Recipe
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Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup

This Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup is a simple, healthy and hearty meal that's great for digestion and the liver. Easy to make, packed with protein and delicious!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword detox, detox soup, lentil soup, lentil stew, moroccan stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 204 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven. Add onions, celery, carrot, potato and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes until everything softens slightly. Season with salt, pepper and the spices and cook about 2 minutes.

  2. Add lentils and saute 1 - 2 minutes, then add the broth, water and tomato paste. Stir to combine and until the tomato paste has dissolved. Bring the soup to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in almond milk, lemon juice, and spinach, and stir until the spinach has wilted. Serve immediately and top with your desired toppings.

  4. For garnishes, I like to do a dollop of coconut yogurt, some fresh parsley, pepper flakes, cracked pepper and jalapeno slices. A little spicy, a little creamy and so good!

Recipe Notes

Other cooking method ideas:

  1. Slow Cooker: you could also totally make this detox lentil soup in the slow cooker as well. Just add all the ingredients into your slow cooker, stir it together and let it cook. It should cook for 4 - 6 hours on low, 3 - 4 on high. Here's the slow cooker I have at home.
  2. Instant Pot: I'll be honest and say that I haven't nailed the InstantPot yet, but I do love using it to make soup. For this recipe, I'd say start with the saute setting to cook your veggies and then add the rest of the ingredients in. Cook it on high for about 10 minutes and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. I have the 6qt Instant Pot and love it!

Note: I haven't teseted these yet, so if you do, let us know in the comments!

Nutrition Facts
Detox Moroccan Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 g)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1195mg52%
Potassium 718mg21%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 4564IU91%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Hi! This soup looks amazing! How long would you say it would stay good for? Would it freeze well/do you have any recommendations?

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