Burundian Lentil and Bean Soup

One of the dishes that we checked when visiting Burundi in our challenge was the Lentil and Bean Soup, or ‘Soupe aux Lentilles et Legumes’ if you want to be fancier. I’m definitely a soup kind of person – it’s so good and warms you up inside, especially during those cold snowy winter nights.

A bowl of lentil and bean soup on a pink plate.

The soup was full of vegetables and it was delicious. It’s also completely vegetarian and, honestly, it doesn’t even need anything meaty – it’s healthy and tasty without even trying! Also, it’s a good representation of the Burundian cuisine in general. The meat there is expensive, so one must get by with lots of veggies.

Making the soup is very easy and straightforward, although the veggie prep can take a bit. Also, I definitely added more stock in than the original recipe asked for. From some other pics from the internet, it seemed that it was much more thick and kind of like a casserole, but I definitely like it when it’s more… soupy? I guess it can be an Estonian thing. If you ever come here, you’ll learn pretty quickly that we can’t stand dry food – everything has to have (lots of) sauce and liquid.

Overall, it’s a perfect soup for cold autumn or winter evenings when you’re just craving for something warm and cosy!

If you wanna combine this with other Burundian recipes, check out the Banana and Date Cake and the Burundian Chapati as well!

Let me know down in the comments if you tried it and how you liked it!

Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂

A bowl of soup on a pink plate.

Burundian Lentil And Bean Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This Lentil and Bean Soup, or 'Soupe aux Lentilles et Legumes' is perfect if you crave something on a cold autumn night. It's also full of veggies and healthy!


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 small yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 green gabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil


    1. Place a large soup pot over medium heat. Once the pot is hot, add the olive oil. When the olive oil starts to simmer, add the diced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
    2. Once the onions are soft and the edges are starting to brown, add the lentils and cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure that the lentils are evenly coated in the hot oil.
    3. Add 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock to the lentils, stir a few times, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, bring the pot to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Stir the lentils a few times during the cooking process.
    4. After 20 minutes, increase the heat to medium, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock along with the sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, and green beans. Season everything with the salt and pepper and stir to thoroughly combine. Cover and bring the pot to a simmer. Once the stock is simmering, cook for 20 more minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
    5. After the second 20 minutes, check to see if the lentils are starting to burst and turn to mush. If so, the dish is ready. If you want this to be more of a soup and less of a thick stew, add more vegetable stock to your liking. Otherwise, spoon the thick vegetable dish into bowls and serve hot!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 666mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 7g

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