Red Lentil Soup

Ready in 45 minutes
18 review(s) averaging 4.4. 83% would make again

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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.

"I have made this soup many times and we all love it. I add 2 medium potatoes and let them cook until they are soft. It gives the soup another texture and thickness . This is comfort food that is good for you ! "


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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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Skypilot578 2 years ago

The hint of lemon in the finish totally makes this soup. Yum!
kristinsacco 2 years ago

kathy5458 2 years ago

This was ok.
bethvaupel 2 years ago

Added sweet potatoes for more uumph. Lovely recipe
Ketchup 2 years ago

Did you use split red lentils or whole? My Indian grocery has both.
sross222 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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

very good
Lee2011 3 years ago

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