My Lentil Adventure, A Soup Review

I’m a huge fan of soup, but not a frequent lentil eater. Being that lentil soups are some of our customer’s favorites, I decided to make and try all of our lentil soups in 1 day. The soups were pretty simple to make, they only called for an 8 oz can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce. I started the soups at around noon and they were all done by 1 pm – super fast! (here is a great article about how to best cook lentils by Love and Lemons) I ate a bit of each one for lunch. Read my thoughts on each soup below!

Here at Rill’s we have 4 lentil soups: Blue Mountains Lentil and Potato, Daniel’s Lentil and Brown Rice, Mount Mazama Lentil Chili, and Lion’s Den Red Lentil Soup.

pictured is someone adding the Daniel's Lentil and Brown Rice Soup mix to a sauce pan to prepare it


A bowl of lentil soup next to some fresh ingredientsThe Blue Mountain Lentil and Potato has a really nice and balanced taste to it. It had a garlicky/Italian flavor which I love and a nice black pepper kick at the end! It also had lots of mixed vegetables and potatoes. Overall it was one of the more flavorful lentil soups.  If I was going to make this soup again, I would probably add big chunks of carrots to add more crunch to the soup.

The Daniel’s Lentil and Brown Rice was another more flavorful lentil soup. It has a balanced but strong vegetable taste to it, which I think comes from all the carrots and celery. The brown rice also helped me feel full without having to eat a lot. At first, the soup was a little bit dry; I cooked it a little high so the water evaporated out. I chopped up some more tomatoes and threw them in there and it made it a lot better!  It added a delicious flavor and I would definitely make it like this again! Maybe I would even add in some sausage if I wanted that much more flavor.

The Mount Mazama Lentil Chili is probably my favorite lentil soup. This soup has an amazing spicy/hot chili flavor. I added the extra crushed peppers which, just made it even more spicy. This soup called for an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. I decided to add some extra sausage, it made my favorite soup even better! It reminded me a lot of when my family would to have chili for dinner, but we would always add sour cream and chives. I would definitely make it again and add the topping next time.

This image shows lentil soup with toppings such as sour cream, cooked sausage, and green onions.

Here is a picture of our Lion's Den Red Lentil Soup prepared next to the packageThe Lion’s Den Red Lentil was personally my least favorite of the lentil soups but still good. It had a light/mild flavor, which I enjoyed but it had too much wild rice, which I didn’t like. Overall the flavor was good but I didn’t like the texture. If I made this soup again I would probably add some butternut squash and some leeks for an extra onion flavor. I would probably cook it longer than necessary to soften up the wild rice a bit more. With a few adjustments I think I would like this soup just as much as the others.

If you’re in the mood for a quick and easy meal, try out one of our lentil soups: they only take about an hour to cook and are extremely versatile with other ingredients!

Lentils are a high-protein, high-fiber member of the legume family. They are an economical source of protein and evidence suggests they protect heart health. Lentils are also an easy-to-prepare, versatile, and nutritious ingredient. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like lentils decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.