This mung bean soup recipe with lemony vegetables is a hearty and warming vegetarian meal that makes for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve with crusty bread and cozy up to a bowl!

Mung bean soup with vegetables and lemon in a bowl.
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A year ago, I’m not sure I even knew what a mung bean was.

Also known as green gram, maash, moong, monggo, or munggo, they have quite a few nicknames!

Sure, I’ve had and made plenty of lentil recipes before and mung beans certainly look just like lentils.

But, I’m certain I had never bought them and it’s quite possible never tried them either.

One of my favorite health focused podcasts mentioned mung beans one episode and a quick google search later I found myself on Amazon buying a bag of sprouted organic mung beans (that’s the brand I use and I’ve seen it pretty widely available in stores too).

Sprouted organic dry mung beans in a glass jar.

Then the question became “ok, now what?”.

So the fun part began and I started playing around with mung beans much the same way I would lentils.

I took my Instant Pot lentil vegetable soup recipe and recreated it with mung beans.

Next, I made an Indian dal recipe except once again, substituted mung beans for lentils. I really enjoyed that one as anything Indian or curry based is always a favorite.

I’ve even used them in this lentil stuffed eggplant recipe.

Sometimes, I just cook up a batch and use them in cold salads like this lentil avocado salad. I’ll either enjoy that as is or add some canned fatty fish like sardines, salmon or mackerel for a nutritious lunch option.

That’s a round about way of saying, there’s plenty of possibilities when it comes to mung beans.

And since they act quite similar to all the other pulses (lentils, beans, split peas, etc.) there’s no reason to be intimidated by this odd little greenish yellow bean.

Ingredients to make mung bean soup on a cutting board: rinsed sprouted mung beans, zucchini, carrots, green beans, celery, lemon, crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth.

With a streak of cooler, cloudy days recently and a fridge bursting with fresh produce, this mung bean soup came to life.

They bring a wonderful satiating heartiness to this vegetarian soup and the pop of bright lemon flavor makes this one perfect for early spring days.

It’s the kind of soup that fits right in between the changing of seasons with its well balanced profile.

If you need a summer recipe like this, try this Italian ciambotta, you could even add mung beans to it for some protein!

Pot of mung bean soup with vegetables, crushed tomatoes and lemon.


Like all pulses, mung beans are rich in vitamins and minerals. Potassium and magnesium specifically.

They’re a great vegetarian source of protein (with about 14g per cooked cup) and fiber (about 15g per cup).

Mung beans also contain quite a few antioxidants which fight free radical damage in our bodies.

Because mung beans are often consumed sprouted (you’ll see them in grocery stores among all the other bean sprouts), some of these health benefits are actually enhanced.

Sprouting (anything not just mung beans) changes the nutritional composition of a food resulting in fewer calories and more free amino acids and antioxidants.

It also lowers the amounts of phytic acid and makes the bean more easily digestible.

Phytic acid is labeled as an “anti-nutrient” because it lowers the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Phytates are what’s found in beans and legumes that have given them a little bit of a bad rap in recent years (specifically among the paleo crowd).

So sprouting any pulse (which is super easy to do yourself!) is a great way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of these foods if that’s something that concerns you.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to sprout your own mung beans if that’s of interest.

A bowl of vegetable mung bean soup garnished with fresh parsley.


Dried mung beans are often sold in the “split” form instead of whole.

A whole mung bean is a round shape and very green. If you’re interested in sprouting, you’ll need to make sure to use whole mung beans.

Split mung beans, however, have been hulled (the outer skin removed) so they appear more yellowish in color than a vivid green.

See the picture above for what dry split mung beans look like.

The benefit of using split mung beans is that they are more easily digestible (and therefore better for anyone that finds pulses or legumes hard on their stomachs) and they cook much quicker.

This mung bean soup uses dried split mung beans which don’t require soaking overnight or any extended preparation. They’re much more conducive to a quick one-pot soup meal like this.

You can use whole mung beans but you’ll have to soak them overnight, rinse well and they’ll have to cook longer in the soup than this recipe calls for.

Much like I don’t often buy dried whole beans (except occasionally when making something like these Instant Pot tomato white beans), I don’t typically buy whole mung beans either.

The split variety is just a lot easier!

Mung bean soup in a bowl with carrots, zucchini, green beans, celery and tomatoes.


  • extra virgin olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • garlic
  • ground turmeric
  • zucchini
  • green beans
  • crushed tomatoes
  • vegetable broth
  • split mung beans
  • salt & pepper
  • lemon juice and zest

Keep in mind, just like in this Mexican vegetable soup, the vegetables you choose to use in this soup recipe are totally flexible.

I consider this a good “clean out the fridge” type of meal. Use whatever you have on hand. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, parsnips, leafy greens would all work fine.

Frozen varieties of these vegetables would also work well!

And if you’re not digging the tomato base, just omit the crushed tomatoes and use extra broth. You can also use diced tomatoes if preferred.

All in all, the recipe is actually really similar in nature to this Tuscan kale soup. They both use basic ingredients that can easily be tweaked to what you have on hand.

Vegetarian mung bean soup recipe in a bowl with a spoon.


To start, place the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.

Add the onions and sauté until slightly softened.

Next, add the carrots, celery, garlic and turmeric. Cook for another 5 minutes or so, stirring a few times.

Add the zucchini, green beans, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth and half of the lemon juice and zest to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Cook for about 15 minutes until vegetables have softened. Season with some salt and pepper.

Add the mung beans to the soup, stir to combine and cook for another 10-12 minutes.

The mung beans should be tender but retain a slight bite to them.

They shouldn’t be “mushy” with this length of time and that’s intentional. I prefer them this way.

If you’d rather they sort of dissolve into the soup, cook for another 5-10 minutes.

With a longer cooking time, they act much like red lentils do when cooked down and become a bit mushy (albeit a tasty mush!).

Add the remaining lemon juice and zest, season to taste with additional salt and pepper and serve with freshly chopped parsley to garnish.

Cooked mung bean soup made with sprouted mung beans and vegetables in a bowl with a spoon.

Like I said earlier, this soup lives right in the balance of hearty yet light. Bright yet savory. Warming yet fresh.

Perfect for a cool spring day and a fun way to explore the world of mung beans if that’s something that’s new to you.

They’re a great pantry staple to add to your mix and play around with!


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4.94 from 60 votes

Mung Bean Soup

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
mung bean soup
This lemon vegetable mung bean soup recipe is a hearty and warming vegetarian meal that makes an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 6 ounces green beans, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup sprouted mung beans, rinsed
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Place olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened.
  • Add the celery, carrot and garlic to the pot. Cook another 5 minutes then add turmeric and stir to combine.
  • Add zucchini and green beans to the pot along with crushed tomatoes, broth and juice and zest from 1 lemon. Stir to combine all the ingredients and summer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Next, add the rinsed mung beans into the pot, season with salt and pepper, stir and simmer another 10 minutes until the mung beans are softened but retain a little bit of a bite.
  • Add remaining lemon juice and zest. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve with fresh parsley.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 18gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1230mgPotassium: 1560mgFiber: 15gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 3935IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soups + Stews
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and so easy to make. Thank you. It is so hearty and filling.

    I made a few additions/changes that worked out great – I added mushrooms and fresh leafy greens (at the very end) and also used fresh tomatoes instead of canned.

  2. 5 stars
    I recently tried the Mung Bean Soup Recipe with Lemony Vegetables and it was an absolute hit in my household!

    The flavors were fresh and tangy, and the mung beans were cooked to perfection.

    The dish was light yet filling, and perfect for a summertime meal. What really surprised me was how much my boys loved it, as they can be quite picky eaters.

    Overall, I highly recommend this recipe for anyone who wants to try out new and exciting flavors in their cooking. It’s a perfect way to introduce mung beans into your diet and add some variety and diversity to your meals.

    And if you’re like us and still love your classic southern sides, don’t be afraid to serve it alongside your favorite potato salad!

  3. 5 stars
    This soup had so much flavor and was so easy to make.
    Even my kids had a bowl which is unusual for them when it comes to veggies!
    I cooked it exactly like you said and the beans were perfect.
    Thank you

  4. 5 stars
    I made this soup last night and loved it! It was so hearty and could have been easier to make. Already looking forward to enjoying some leftovers tonight!