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A close up of a white porcelain bowl filled with turmeric infused French lentil soup made with chard.

French Lentil Soup with Spices and Chard

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 30 mintues
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


A simple recipe for French lentil soup made with turmeric and curry-esque spices, creamy, warm and comforting which only cost a few pennies per serving to make.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated (or minced or pressed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup whole milk (or full-fat coconut milk)
  • 2 cups cooked French lentils
  • a few handfuls fresh spinach, chard or kale, washed, tough stems discarded and cut into ribbons
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a stockpot over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and butter together, adding the turmeric and letting it toast in the pan. Add the diced onion and stir often for about 10 to 15 minutes, until all the onions are soft and wilted, with caramelized sections in parts.
  2. Add the garlic, cardamom and cinnamon, and stir together until just mixed, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the lentils, milk and greens, and bring the entire mixture back to a gentle boil, letting it cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until all the flavors have melted and the greens and soft.
  4. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minuts
  • Category: Legumes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: French, lentils, soup, cardamom, turmeric, chard