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Moroccan Lentil Soup

December 7, 2015

A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water or stock for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family or enjoy on your own. You can make as is or package in a jar for gift giving!

You know those cold, winter nights when you get home from work and the last thing you want to do is cook? Well this soup is a life-saver because you literally dump the contents of the jar into a pot, add 7 cups of water and you have a complete meal! It is THAT easy. I love making these soup in a jar as gifts for family and friends – I can assure you that they will be so grateful to have a quick and easy meal in the cupboard!

A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family.

Soup has always played that life-saving role for me. Whether it be from a jar, the freezer or straight from the pot, when I’m hangry and lazy it’s soup that I turn to.

Without a doubt, this habit is something I inherited from my Mom. As I get older I’ve discovered how few people grew up on soup. When I say that there was soup at almost every meal we ate, I’m not kidding. I think my Mom knew that one of the best ways to get us to eat our veggies was in soup and damn can that lady make a good soup!

Traditionally, she’d make a huge pot (seriously the woman has the biggest pot on the planet!) of soup and freeze it into individual-sized servings, but I think I may be onto something with the soup in a jar trend. Even though you literally only add water, it kind of feels like you’re making the soup from scratch and so you not only get fresh soup, but productivity points too.

So give a gift that just keeps giving and pass along this DIY Moroccan Lentil Soup in a Jar. Or you know…make it for yourself…that’s cool too.

A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family.

Ingredients in Moroccan Lentil Soup (in a jar!)

  • red lentils
  • dried onion flakes
  • spices: garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, cumin, parsley, bay leaves, sea salt and pepper

It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you’re like me and keep every spice under the sun in your pantry, you might be able to whip up this  meal without a trip to the grocery store!

A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family.

What to Serve with Moroccan Lentil Soup

Because of the protein packed lentils in this soup, it’s super filling on it’s own but I love pairing it with some sides to really round out the meal. You can’t go wrong with a hearty loaf of bread – I love this sweet potato cornbread! Roasted vegetables like these brussels sprouts would be a great accompaniment and you also can’t go wrong with a side salad. This harvest farro salad is delicious as is this fennel pear and ricotta kale salad. You really can’t go wrong with this soup. Enjoy!


DIY HOLIDAY IN A JAR: Moroccan Lentil Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: mason jars (about 6 cups of soup each)


  • 2 16 oz mason jars (ingredients fill 2)
  • 3 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 1/2 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves


For the Jars:

  1. Combine all spices (except onion flakes and bay leaf) in a bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of lentils to each jar.
  3. Top each jar with half of dried onion flakes and half of spice mixture.
  4. Top each with 3/4 cup of more lentils.
  5. Place a bay leaf on the top and seal with top.

Instructions for cooking soup:

  1. Add contents of jar to a large pot and top with 7 CUPS of water.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then let simmer with the top on for 20 mins.
  3. Remove lid and simmer for 20 more minutes.
  4. Feel free to add chopped kale, chard or other greens in last 5 minutes of cooking for a veggie boost.

A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family.

Like this lentil soup recipe? Here are some others you might enjoy:

Acorn Squash Soup
Heirloom Carrot Ginger Soup
Thai Curried Lentil Soup


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  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    December 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I was thinking of making some dry soups to gift this year! Perfect!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    December 7, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I LOVE hearty winter soups! On really lazy nights, I like to roast a sweet potato with some eggs and veggies…So easy and so good…It honestly never gets old. 🙂 I love lentils, so I cannot wait to give this a try…Pinning and tweeting for later!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, gorgeous! I’m so with you on the sweet potato, eggs and veggies! That happens at least 3 times a week here!

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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    December 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    So, like, I can just gift this for myself right? Currently avoiding grocery shopping since I’m going home Sunday, trying to live off my pantry items. Which are basically dry beans and quinoa. So this soup is definitely happening.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I’ve so been there! I pretty much ate whatever was left in my freezer in the last few weeks of each semester!

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    December 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Looks awesome – thank you! So, feeling stupid to ask but do I just half the amt of dried onions and spices and divide them between the 2 mason jars then?

    Just want to be crystal clear with my instructions as I pass these out as gifts 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      yes, exactly! I’ll add some clarification in the instructions 😉 Thanks for the tip!

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    December 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Davida! I just made three of these jars for my aunts this past Christmas! Can’t wait to give them out. I want to make more but I ran out of onion flakes. Any idea what the sub ratio would be for onion powder…or if I run out of both, how it would affect the dish? Thanks!!

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

      I’m so sorry for the late reply, my dear! I was offline for the holidays. You can totally sub onion powder but I’d use about 1/2 the ratio of onion flakes. I wouldn’t recommend leaving them out as it would definitely affect the flavor. Hope you enjoyed them!

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    August 16, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Is this very spicy? I want to make this for my son for a Christmas gift, as he loves soup in a jar mixes. But he doesn’t like thjngs that are overly spicy. Wondering if I could reduce the amount of cumin? He does like that spice, but 2 tspns, might be too much for him. Please advise. Thanks.

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      Karen Robison
      December 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      This is not spicy in the way of heat at all. Cumin isn’t a hot spice. If he doesn’t like strong spice flavors, then you can definitely reduce the amount, but I like cumin!

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    Karen Robison
    December 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This soup is fantastic! My kids don’t like it, but that’s par for the course. I was looking for a savory gift for teachers (one of them is gluten free), so this fits the bill. Thank you!

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      JJ Freitag
      March 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      When you made it, did you use both the jars and 7 cups of water? Or is it 7 cups of water for 1 jar of ingredients?

      • Reply
        Karen Robison
        March 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

        It’s 7 cups for one jar, but I remember thinking I might use 6. It does cook down quite a bit.

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