Spinach, Lentil and Lemon Soup

As Mums in charge of feeding the family, we tend to develop a repertoire of dishes we rotate, depending on what strikes a chord with the whole family.

Lentil, spinach and lemon soup

Growing up in a Middle-Eastern family, one of those dishes was a popular cultural dish, mums delicious and comforting spinach, lentil and lemon soup.

Mum still cooks it for me. Well, to be honest it’s my kids she’s really cooking for these days. Every second week she’ll come around and stock my fridge full of foods to last up to three days, the selection based on the specific requests of my kids. Some of her popular dishes are za’taar, homemade pies, spanokopita and her cannelloni. It’s really special to see that they also love her lentil soup as much as I do.

It’s unassuming in in it’s simplicity, but manages to pack a truly delicious punch, and makes a perfect mid-week meal the whole family will enjoy and leftovers can be packed to take to work or school for lunch.

I’m often asked how to keep the food hot until lunchtime.

Well, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Boil the kettle and then pour the water into the thermoses, be sure to pop the lids on
  2. Heat up the food
  3. Pour out the hot water  add the warmed up food into the container,  then pop the lid on immediately.

Here are my fave insulated jars which have lasted me years:

Lunchbots Insulated Stainless Steel Container 470ml 16oz
In these containers I pack soups, pastas, any hot meals and also cold salads.

Kleen Kanteen TKCanister with insulated lid 8oz 237ml
I like this smaller size option to keep things cool like yoghurt, granola and fruit, overnight oats or to keep things warm like the chicken nuggets or smaller serves of things like soup, stew, pasta.

If you’re looking for more lunch inspiration, take a look at my new recipe ebook,  Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes. It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved!

There’s even a delicious recipe for Kale and Cannelleni Bean Minestrone which my kids love taking to school in their insulated container.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.

Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

Olive oil or coconut oil
Salt and pepper

Spinach, Lentil and Lemon Soup

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 5


  • Splash of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 6 cups water or vegetable stock I throw in a couple of my frozen chicken stock ice-cubes too
  • 1 bunch English spinach leaves washed and chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium heat
  • Add the onion and gently fry for up to 5 minutes
  • Add the lentils and water/stock and bring to the boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender and starting to fall apart, adding in spinach in the last 5 minutes of cooking
  • Stir in the lemon juice just before serving and season with salt and pepper
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with toasted buttery, garlicy sourdough and extra lemon juice to taste


You can blitz the soup until smooth if texture is an issue for little kids

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Your thoughts on this post


  1. Selina

    Hi Brenda, It asks for red lentils but in the picture it appears they are white. What type of lentils were used in the picture?


    • Brenda Janschek

      The lentils are definitely red Selina, they disintegrate and the soup turns a kind of yellow colour with not a hint of red in sight!

  2. Jade

    I made this for dinner tonight and it’s deeeeelicious!! I had to use silverbeet as that’s all I could get but it was a great meal, super quick and saved me from another toasted sandwich while hubby is away at work! Thank you!! Do you think it would freeze ok?

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