Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

18 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 83% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Make sure to use Red Lentils, not Brown or Green. This is a very simple recipe and tastes like no other lentil soup I've ever had before.


3 tablespoon olive oil
1 large Onion
2 teaspoon Garlic; minced
1 tablespoon Tomato paste
1 teaspoon Cumin; ground
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper; ground
1 pinch Cayenne; ground
1 quart Chicken broth
2 cups Water
1 cup Red lentils
1 large Carrot; diced
2 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice; (juice of one lemon)
3 tablespoon Cilantro; chopped

Original recipe makes 6



In a large pot, heat oil over high heat until hot and shimmiering. Add onion and garlic, and saute until golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper, and chili powder or cayenne, and saute for 2 minutes longer. Add broth, water, lentils, and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.

Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, puree half the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro.

1 Serving = 1 cup


Use low sodium chicken broth to lower sodium content.

247 calories, 9 gram fat, 11 gram fiber per serving

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Red lentil soup

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The hint of lemon in the finish totally makes this soup. Yum!
kristinsacco 3y ago

kathy5458 3y ago

This was ok.
bethvaupel 3y ago

Added sweet potatoes for more uumph. Lovely recipe
Ketchup 3y ago

Did you use split red lentils or whole? My Indian grocery has both.
sross222 3y ago

Wonderfully easy and very delicious and pretty! I'm not a cilantro fan so I left it out but added a bit of coriandar.
annieruby 3y ago

really yummy. Very hard to stop at ome bowl.:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
corinnepullen 3y ago

I didn't mind it. Added potatoes like previous reviews & it did add a bit more volume to the dish.
Cheekygirl1984 3y ago

very good
Lee2011 4y ago

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