Two black bowls filled with green lentils and chickpeas in a broth

Green lentil harissa soup

  • serves 4-6
  • Easy

Try our healthy way to use green lentils in your cooking. Nourishing and delicious, this soup comes stuffed with celery, parsnips, leek, kale and chickpeas


Make this green lentil harissa soup, then check out our spiced lentil soup, red lentil souptomato soup and more soup recipes.



  • onion 1 large, finely chopped
  • celery 2 sticks, finely diced
  • parsnips 2 large, finely diced
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • coriander a small bunch, leaves and stalks separated, stalks finely sliced
  • ground coriander 2 tsp
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • harissa 1 tbsp
  • green lentils 150g
  • vegetable stock 1 litre
  • leeks 2, halved lengthways, cleaned and diced
  • chickpeas 400g tin, drained and rinsed
  • kale 85g, thick stalks discarded, leaves shredded
  • lemons 1-2, cut into fat wedges
  • warmed flatbreads to serve


  • Step 1

    Put the onion, celery and parsnips into a deep casserole or large pan with the olive oil. Soften gently over a low heat for about 10 minutes, then stir in the garlic and coriander stalks, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the spices and harissa.

  • Step 2

    Add the lentils, pour over the stock and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are just tender but still retain a little bite. Halfway through cooking, add the leeks.

  • Step 3

    Remove the lid and stir through the chickpeas and kale. Simmer gently until the kale leaves are just wilted. Season well with salt, pepper and some of the lemon juice from the wedges. Roughly chop the coriander leaves and stir through. If the soup has too little liquid, top up with just-boiled water from the kettle and check again for seasoning.

  • Step 4

    Ladle the soup between bowls and eat with lots of warm flatbread and extra lemon juice, if you like.

Try our braised puy lentils with sausages next 

Sausage and Lentils Recipe with Kale

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 253
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturates 0.9g
  • Carbs 29.7g
  • Sugars 7.4g
  • Fibre 11.6g
  • Protein 12.1g
  • Salt 0.6g