How to Cook Perfect Lentils: Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Feb 13, 2024 • 4 min read

In a world obsessed with superfoods, lentils are the original, does-it-all power-legume. Thinking of going vegetarian, or vegan? Lentils provide a much-needed protein boost to your meals, and you don’t need much: ½ a cup has about 12 grams. They’re small, but mighty.

What Are Lentils?

Lentils are a small, oval-shaped member of the legume family, sometimes referred to as “pulses.” Incredibly rich in protein—the third highest of all legumes after soybeans and hemp—lentils are fantastic on their own or as a side dish to fish or roasted vegetables, but they also make a nutritious, gluten-free addition to salads and hearty soups.