Winter Lentil Soup

Apr 18, 2018 | Recipes

This soup is a firm favourite at Quest. Enjoy this nutritious, delicious, easy soup.

Red lentils need no pre-soaking and cook much more quickly than other dried legumes. The high protein content in lentils makes them an excellent meat substitute. Lentils are an excellent source of fibre, manganese, B vitamins, help prevent heart disease and can help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Best of all, they make a fantastic and easy soup.


Makes 6 portions

  • 1 brown onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or oregano leaves
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 400 gram tin crushed tomatoes
  • 1.2 litres vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dried red lentils rinsed well
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crumbled feta and fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Dice the vegetables and sauté them softly in the olive oil.
  2. Add curry powder, cumin and basil and fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour the crushed tomatoes and vegetable stock in and add the bay leaf.
  4. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add lentils and let simmer another 10 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with crumbled feta and fresh parsley.

We serve many other delicious and healthy soups and meals on our wellbeing programs at the Quest for Life Centre.

Back to Recipes

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

Call our Programs Advisers Today
1300 941 488