Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Soup

$7.43 recipe / $0.93 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.84 from 117 votes
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I get a lot of emails from readers with recipe suggestions and I love them all, but don’t get the opportunity to make many of them. Every once in a while, though, an email comes through with a recipe that happens to be exactly what I’m in the mood for eating that week. That’s what happened when I got an email from Rachel with a link to this amazing Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup from The first thing that I noticed is that it has almost the same blend of warm and intoxicating spices that makes my Yellow Jasmine Rice so irresistible. So, of course, I had to try it!

Top view of a bowl of vibrantly colored Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew ready to be eaten

I switched up the spices a bit to match what I had on hand (no coriander and changed quantities). I had a half bag of lentils in my pantry, so I just went with that instead of a whole pound. To make up for the smaller amount of lentils, I added a half-pound of frozen cauliflower florets, which were also hanging out just waiting to be used up. The cauliflower was an absolutely perfect match for this soup and I think it made the ratio of beans to vegetables perfectly balanced.

I can’t express how much I love this soup. It has so much flavor and texture, plus it’s filled with fiber and anti-inflammatory spices. Then, after making it and wolfing down a bowl, I noticed that, “Hey! This is vegan!” That’s the best type of vegan food—the kind that’s so good that you don’t even notice till you stop and think about it.

I didn’t have time, but I highly suggest making some Homemade Naan to dip in the amazing broth. Do it. You won’t be sorry.

A large pot of Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew just cooked, with bay leaf on top

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Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Soup

4.84 from 117 votes
Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Soup perfect for cold Autumn nights.
Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights.
Servings 8 (1.5 cups each)
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 50 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.26)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced ($0.32)
  • 4 ribs celery ($0.75)
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin ($0.15)
  • 1 tsp turmeric ($0.10)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($0.10)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 15oz. can chickpeas ($0.69)
  • 1 28oz. can diced tomatoes ($0.89)
  • 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower florets ($0.70)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth ($0.78*)
  • 1 cup brown lentils, dry ($0.70)
  • 1 bay leaf ($0.15)


  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Sauté both in a large pot with olive oil over medium heat until softened. Dice the celery while the onions and garlic are sautéing, then add to the pot and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir and cook the spices with the vegetables for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), chickpeas (rinsed and drained), and cauliflower florets (no need to thaw). Stir the pot until everything is well mixed.
  • Add the vegetable broth and bay leaf, turn the heat up to high, place a lid on the pot, and allow it to come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, add the lentils. Stir and let it come back up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let the soup simmer on low, with the lid, for 30 minutes.
  • After simmering for 30 minutes, the lentils should be tender. Remove the bay leaf and give the soup a taste. Add salt if needed (this will depend on the type of vegetable broth used. I did not add any additional salt), then serve.

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*I use Better Than Bouillon soup base to make my broth.


Serving: 1.5CupsCalories: 238.79kcalCarbohydrates: 37.84gProtein: 12.2gFat: 5.86gSodium: 914.26mgFiber: 9.98g
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Front view of a bowl of Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

How to Make Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Soup – Step by Step Photos

Sauté Onion Celery and Garlic on soup pot

Begin by dicing one onion, mincing four cloves of garlic, and slicing four stalks of celery (about a half bunch). Add them all to a large pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté over medium heat for about five minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add Cumin Turmeric Cinnamon and Cayenne to soup pot

Add 1/2 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp cayenne to the pot.

Toasted Spices

Sauté the spices with the vegetables for one to two minutes. This toasts the spices a little and amplifies their flavor. They may stick to the bottom of the pot a little, but that’s okay. Just take care not to let them burn. Turn the heat down slightly, if needed.

Add Chickpeas Cauliflower and Tomatoes to the soup pot

Add one 28oz. can of diced tomatoes (with the juices), one 15oz. can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained), and about a 1/2 lb. of frozen cauliflower florets (no need to let them thaw). 

Add Vegetable Broth and Bay Leaf to soup pot

Add six cups of vegetable broth and one bay leaf. Stir everything to combine and dissolve anything that may be stuck to the bottom of the pot. Turn the heat up to high, place a lid on the pot, and let it come to a boil. Once it reaches a full boil, add one cup of brown lentils. Stir the pot, let it come back up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Let it simmer on low (with lid) for 30 minutes. 

Simmered Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

After 30 minutes, the lentils should be tender. Give the soup a taste and add salt if needed. I use Better Than Bouillon to make my vegetable broth and it’s plenty salty enough, so I didn’t need to add any, but if your brand has less salt, you may need to add a pinch. Remove the bay leaf and serve!

Two bowls of Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew and a black and white napkin

I LOVE how these spices make my house smell. So good! Serve with homemade naan. Oooh it makes my knees weak!

The finished pot of Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew sitting on a bamboo mat with a patterned napkin
A close up spoonful of Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew
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  1. This is my favourite soup. I do change it up with whatever veggies I have on hand and don’t add so much cayenne but everything else stays the same. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  2. This soup is the most frequently made soup at my house! We all love it, although the 6 year old prefers less cayenne and her dad would like more. Sometimes she wins and I use a scant 1/4 tsp. She’d prefer half that. Thanks for your clear instructions!

  3. I only have frozen riced cauliflower. Would that be weird to use in this because of the texture, or do you think it would be okay?

    1. That’s a tough call. I think it would just come down to personal preference.

  4. Using your recipe as kind of a base. Fresh veggie broth and homemade stewed tomatoes. Adding eggplant (soaked with salt and then washed) instead of cauliflower. Using red lentils. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Nice recipe Looks like it is missing ginger I am leaving for a 22 day vaca and will make it with ginger added

  6. We love this recipe. I often add other veggies as well such as spinach, zucchini and/or broccoli if I have them handy. I also use kelp powder and nettle powder in most soups. Today I used fresh garlic scapes out of the garden. I make it in the instant pot, 3 minutes then let it slow release for at least 15 minutes.

  7. We love this! Also reporting that is freezes well. Just thawed a bag from January and served with crusty bread. Yum!