Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

I really loved this past weekend. I felt like it was the perfect balance of fun and productivity.

Aren’t those the best types of weekends?

Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

Let’s recap. On Friday night, Lu and I went to the Knicks vs. Nets game at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. I had never seen a professional basketball game before in my life, so this was super exciting for me! A friend of ours was at the game, so we met up afterwards and had dinner and drinks.

On Saturday, I had brunch with my friends Ryann and Cassidy at The Butcher’s Daughter. If you live in the NYC area or are planning a trip to NYC, I really really suggest this place. I had the Monterrey Eggs and I literally licked my plate clean (and I rarely do that!) – it came with tomato jam, avocado mash, sourdough toast, hashbrowns and two fried eggs.

I also got the “vampire slayer” juice shot, which had ginger, cayenne and lemon juice – it was phenomenal and the perfect amount of zing. And for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer nerd, so, OBVIOUSLY I couldn’t resist. It was a gorgeous day (60 degrees out!), so my friends and I walked around SoHo and it was one of those perfect girls days.

Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

Also on Saturday, our bedroom furniture was delivered, and I am so so happy with how it all turned out. I’m going to be featuring my living room and bedroom makeover on the blog, because I’m always inspired by other people’s before and afters, so I’m hoping mine will inspire someone else’s.

Saturday night we went with a few friends to a new restaurant in Jersey City that opened up called Hamilton Pork – a barbecue joint. It was one of the coolest, hippest restaurants I’ve ever seen and I’m so glad it’s in Jersey City! I got a pulled chicken sandwich with avocado and a cocktail called the Mexican Cowboy and it was stellar.

Sunday was very productive – I got a bunch of work done, we did some errands, and we discarded and organized a lot of our apartment. Ever since diving into Marie Kondo’s book (I really recommend it), I’ve been very conscious of clutter, what I need and don’t need, and I’ve had fun clearing out my space and making it more livable and inspiring. We donated about 10 bags to the Salvation Army!

Sunday night I made dinner and we finally booked all of our hotels for our trip to Italy for our anniversary in June. We’re going to Lake Como, Tuscany and Capri. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders! While I’ve been to Italy a few times, I’ve never been with Lu, so I’m really excited to spend that time with him.

Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

PHEW. So that’s the recap! Now, I’m focused on having a super productive and healthy week, because it’s a short one for me – I leave for Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday to go skiing with Lu — another thing we’ve never done before! We’re going to the Solitude Resort. Has anyone been?

I literally can’t wait. And in preparation, I’m staying healthy with this vegan lentil soup with turnip noodles. You may think, “What’s the point of the turnips?” Well, lentil soup can get a little tired – lentils and chopped veggies, ya know? By adding in a spiralized veggie, it reinvents this classic comfort soup.

And if you don’t like turnip noodles, no problem – swap in carrots (omit the diced carrots then!) or even celeriac noodles (omit the celery then!)

I love this soup – and I’m so excited to have it for dinner tonight.

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 6 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.


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Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips
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Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup lentils (any color but red), rinsed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you like it!)
  • 2 small turnips
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is shimmering, add the onion, celery, carrot, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, basil, thyme and oregano. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to combine.
  3. Add the lentils, broth, and bay leaves. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pot partially and reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are almost tender.
  4. While the soup cooks, peel and spiralize the turnip using Blade C and trim the noodles. Set the noodles aside. After 20 minutes, remove the bay leaves, add in the turnip noodles, stir to combine and let cook for 5-7 minutes more or until lentils are fully tender and turnip noodles soften.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice and serve.


Lentil Soup with Spiralized Turnips

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  1. A little feedback – there are 8 pictures on this page of exactly the same thing and some of them are actual duplicates. This gets really frustrating when I’m trying to scroll down to get to the recipe. It seems to me that one picture of the dish would be adequate unless there is something significantly different about the other pictures. Otherwise, it’s just 7 pictures-worth of nuisance.

  2. Hi Ali,

    I’m so excited to hear you’ve booked your hotels. My family and I are also planning a trip to Italy this summer and I was wondering if you’d mind passing on the names of the hotels you’ve booked.. I’m not familiar with where to start and would love that big weight lifted off my shoulder. Thanks in advance, Carm

  3. What perfect timing all weekend I have been searching for a lentil soup recipe!! I’m thinking about adding sweet potatos and spinach! Could I use zucchini noodles?

  4. I have the Paderno spiralizer but I just bought the new Kitchen Aid spiralizer for my stand mixer. It is awesome! Reason is my hands are free. I often had to hold the Paderno down. Have you experimented with it yet? Any feedback from anyone?

  5. I love love love all your recipes!
    I spiralize all the time! Don’t take pictures though (the food ends up in my belly before you can say inspiralized ;-)),but…
    Anyway….Today I was sooo excited to read about you on Oprah’s web page (Oprah is one of my favourite person ever),so…CONGRATULATION! Ali…you rock!

  6. Wow. I just bought turnips yesterday to see how they would spiralize. And here is the email showing what to make. Thanks Ali for all your hard work. Can’t wait to see the new cookbook.

  7. I absolutely love turnip noodles! Probably my favorite veggie to spiralize. I also LOVE lentil soup, so I’m totally digging this twist on the classic!

  8. I love looking at all the presentations of the food from different perspectives. It only takes a couple of seconds to scroll down the page. Keep the pictures coming, Ali!

  9. Hi Ali,

    This looks great! Being Canadian, I am going to look for the Inspiralizer on Amazon,ca – hope they have it. If not, I guess I’ll go with the KitchenAid attachment. Thanks! Love your site!

  10. Hi Ali!

    I used to live in Salt Lake City for 4 years and I will be moving back there in July. I love it out there! I have never been to Solitude, but if you get the chance, go explore Park City! It’s not too far from there and Main Street is so cute and fun to explore. Here’s a few Park City recommendations:

    -High West Distillery: They are open on Sundays and you can buy their whiskey on a Sunday too! Take the tour and then stay for dinner and drinks. The Whiskey Lemonade is too die for!
    -Yuki Yama Sushi: A great date night on Main Street!
    -Wasatch Brew Pub: Super casual and easy eats, but a great way to experience local Utah brews.
    -No Name Saloon: One of the best bars in Park City! Great food and super fun and casual!
    -Deer Valley Fireside Dining: A little far from Main Street and a little pricey, but totally worth it!

    If you get some time in Salt Lake City:
    -The Rose Establishment: BEST avocado toast and coffee! They have a yummy housemade cashew milk which tastes AMAZING in a latte. They don’t have wifi, so it makes you just sit and connect. :)
    -Publik Kitchen: This place is very new and their menu is very small, but it is quality breakfast and lunch. And the neighborhood it is in is super adorable!
    -Robin’s Nest: So many sandwiches, so little time!
    -Squatter’s: Another brewpub type place, but one of my favorite places!
    -Taqueria 27: If a place has a guacamole menu, you know it is good!
    -Whiskey Street: My fiancee is a whiskey guy so we love this place. Their food is delicious and for a drink, I do love their Brown Derby.
    -Beer Bar and Bar X are great places to grab a drink as well!

    I hope this is isn’t too annoying of a post! I just love sharing my favorite city and my favorite places with people! Keep on inspiralizing, you’re awesome! :)

  11. Hi Ali, this lentil soups sounds great. Won’t be making it just yet though because in Australia it’s summer and hot, hot, hot! Keep the recipes coming!

  12. Was wonder how well this reheats and freezes

  13. This soup was GREAT! Makes a large batch and we’ve been eating it for a few days. It gets even better and more flavorful as leftovers.

  14. Can you believe I have never tried turnips? I love lentil soup so this looks like a great recipe for me to try. Thank you!

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