Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

The only thing better than a long, slow-simmering soup is one that’s ready in under an hour.

I love lentils of all sizes and colors and I particularly love lentil soup.

This uses the three types of lentils I keep in my pantry:

  • Lentils ‘du Puy’ – the small, green lentils that are so loved here in France
  • Red or Coral lentils – the basis for ‘dal’ and popular in India. They are the fastest cooking of the lentils.
  • Black or Beluga lentils – the smallest and also the most nutritious of the lentils

Of course there is butternut squash in the soup…..

And ham, because I love ham in soup.

Leave the ham out for a vegetarian version.

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Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Red lentils do not hold there shape well so they are great for thickening the soup.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


  • 1/2 cup green lentils ‘du Puy’ 
  • 1/2 cup red or coral lentils
  • 1/2 cup black, beluga lentils
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10oz (300gr) ham, cubed
  • 8 cups of chicken, ham or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Sauté onion, garlic, celery in olive oil until tender and starting to color. 
  • Add paprika and sauté 1 minute longer. 
  • Add all lentils, stock and bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Add squash, ham, and simmer 20 minutes longer, until vegetables are done
  • Serve.


This is soup – use whatever lentils and other vegetables you have on hand. You can use any combination of lentils, or all one kind, and increasing the soup is easy.

Keywords: lentil soup, hearty soup, lentils

Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

I don’t normally post a recipe on Thursday, but my site host is doing some major work tomorrow and suggested that I not do any updates during that 24 hours.

I can do that… or, not do that as the case may be.

I’m only telling you this in case there are strange things happening.

As if there aren’t already enough strange things going on in the world….

6 thoughts on “Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup”

  1. I’d typed out a rather long response last night, but the site must have been acting up then because nothing went through so…all I can remember is, I like lentils 🙂

    • I think they did the transfer earlier than anticipated because i had a notice that it was finished before I was expecting it to start. Now to check and make sure everything is still working….
      I love lentils… and I get to eat them all when I make them lol

  2. Lentils are always a favorite here and butternut squash. There’s always a jar of lentils on the counter and often some cooked in the fridge. There’s almost always either a butternut squash waiting on the counter to roast or some roasted and in the fridge. This soup looks fabulous.

    • I still have 10 butternut left – and 2 pumpkins. And that is after giving them to everyone who stands still long enough to catch them. We might even be able to buy a cauliflower soon (instead of eating squash)

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