Apple Cider French Lentil Soup

Apple cider rarely gets a chance to make it beyond my cup and into my recipes. However, as I reached for the button mushrooms to toss into this soup, an untouched jug caught me eye before I could shut the refrigerator door. Not long after, I was splashing that cider onto my lentils, but not until I poured myself a glass to clench my thirst as I cooked.

Apple cider adds a surprising touch of sweetness to the classic lentil soup. It actually makes me want to test out a curried version, as I think the two ingredients would pair well with lentils. But for this recipe, I stuck with the traditional seasonings, letting the thyme be the shining flavor alongside the cider. Spinach finishes it off, adding both a touch of color and earthiness. If you are feeding a crowd and don’t plan on having leftovers, I recommend doubling this recipe. The flavors get even better as they’re left to mix and mingle overnight.

Apple Cider French Lentil Soup

Yield: Serves 4-5


  • -1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • -1 cups French lentils, rinsed
  • -1 onion, chopped
  • -1 clove garlic, minced
  • -1 large carrot, sliced
  • -2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • -8 oz. button mushrooms
  • -3-4 cups vegetable stock
  • -1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • -2 scant tsp. thyme
  • -1 tsp. paprika
  • -1 tsp. cumin
  • -1 tsp. plus a pinch of salt
  • -1/2 tsp. pepper
  • -6 cups spinach, loosely chopped
  • -1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. In large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Saute onions, garlic, celery and carrots until onions are nearly translucent. Add mushrooms, cumin, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Saute until mushrooms are tender.
  2. Stir in stock, cider and lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover, and cook for an hour, until lentils are tender. Stir in balsamic vinegar and spinach. Cook another 3-4 minutes, or until spinach is tender. Serve.

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    January 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    That looks absolutely ridiculously good. Cider never gets beyond my cup and I doubt it ever will :D. Though, I would love to try something like this, it does look seriously tasty!

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    The Candid RD
    January 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I haven’t had apple cider in way too long. I used to drink it all the time, from those little packets. This soup sounds wonderful.

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    January 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Grace this looks delicious! When exactly do you add the lentils?

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    Stacey hudson
    January 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I usually don’t eat vegetables, but if this is the recipe?? I won’t doubt eating veges. This one looks real delicious. I have save your recipe I’m gonna make this one for lunch. Keep sharing! This would be the way for me to love veges. 🙂

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    Steph C
    January 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Cooking this tonight for lunches this week, so excited to try it! I had some lentils on hand and was looking for a way to use them, saw this on Pinterest and had to try 🙂

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    distance watch
    February 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hi there I have tried cooking this one and this is really yummm yummm.. Keep posting delicious recipe. Healthy indeed!

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    Kathy D. Shields
    March 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    My husband made this for dinner Saturday night and we were both on heaven enjoying the wonderful combination of flavors and textures. We will be trying the kale coconut soup next weekend!

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