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Corn and lentil soup

This deliciously flavoured soup is easy, filling and freezer-friendly. Serve with toasted whole wheat bread, dumplings, or pasta.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes 
Servings: 8


  • 500 mL (2 cups) uncooked red split lentils
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) ground turmeric
  • 7 mL (½ tbsp) salt
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) black pepper
  • 1 L (4 cups) lower sodium vegetable broth
  • 750 mL (3 cups) water
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) chopped ginger
  • 500 mL (2 cups) frozen corn
  1. Wash lentils in a strainer until the water runs clear and reserve. 
  2. In a large pot, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add turmeric, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Add lentils, broth, and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. 
  4. Stir in ginger and using a hand blender, blend until smooth.  
  5. Stir in the corn and return to a gentle simmer. Cook for 5 minutes to warm through.


  • Little chefs will love measuring out ingredients and watch ingredients blend together. Chances are, because they’ve helped, they’ll enjoy eating it too!
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully ladle some soup into a regular blender and blend until smooth.
  • You don’t need to blend the soup at all if you like it chunky. 
  • Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.