Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

This red lentil soup is smooth and creamy with just a hint of spice. While this soup may be simple, it hits all the flavor notes. The touch of fresh lemon juice as a garnish is not a step to skip. The lemon juice brightens up the thick and creamy soup in a way you’re sure to love.  You can make this Turkish red lentil soup with potatoes depending on if you are looking for a lighter or heartier version. This red lentil soup with lemon is chowder thick, meaning you can clean your bowl with your side of bread, you can’t go wrong with garlic sourdough. The real highlight of this lentil soup is that you can make it from start to finish in 35 minutes. 
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How to make red lentil soup 

Five reasons to try this red lentil soup: 

    1. Lentil soup can be a great appetizer or meal depending on what you serve with it. Serve this lentil soup with bread and salad or your favorite sandwich for a delicious and well rounded meal.  Try our Easy Vegan Whole Wheat Bread or Whole Wheat Bread.    
    2. Lentil nutrition! Red lentils are a good source of iron and magnesium and serve as a good source of vitamins, especially folate. 
    3. This lentil soup has an amazing hearty texture that’s lightly creamy (yet there is no cream) making it a great vegan recipe option.  
    4. It's a quick and easy recipe for a midweek dinner/lunch option.  It only takes around 30 mins to make (and that includes the red lentils cooking time). 
    5. Saves great! Keep in the freezer and enjoy another meal. 
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How to cook lentils 

Our Idaho grown Clear Creek Red Lentils have a mellow, sweet flavor and they puree beautifully into a creamy blend. Cooking red lentils is so easy and takes less than half an hour, so you can use them to make soups, red lentil dal, curried red lentils and so much more.

  • 1 Cup Dry Red Lentils
  • 3 Cups Water

Rinse the lentils, add 3 cups of water to a pot, bring water to a rolling boil, add lentils, then simmer for 15-20 minutes or to desired tenderness. Drain well.

Do red lentils need to be soaked? 

Lentils don’t need to soak for soup or whenever you use. It's easy for lentils to become the star of any kitchen because they don’t need to soak before cooking, so you don’t have to plan ahead. Most varieties of lentils cook in under 30 minutes. Lentils come in several varieties including red, golden, brown, green, and black. Red and golden lentils lose their shape cooked and are very easy to puree. While brown, green, and black lentils hold their shape when cooked adding more texture to recipes.  

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Red Lentil Soup with Lemon 

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 carrots chopped

2 cups Clear Creek Red Lentils 

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp black pepper 

6 cups vegetable stock 

1 lemon 

½ tsp chili powder or cayenne (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. 
  2. Sauté onion until golden, add tomato paste and cook for one minute. 
  3. Stir in carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. 
  4. Add, salt pepper, cumin, black pepper, and if you would like chili powder or cayenne pepper. Let cook for one minute. 
  5. Pour in the vegetable broth and red lentils. Bring to a simmer. 
  6. Once the broth is simmering, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 
  7. Uncover and let cool for a few minutes, then puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until creamy and smooth. 
  8. Serve warm with a squeeze of lemon and red pepper sauce. 

*If you would like a hearty version of this soup you can add 1 large chopped potato in with the carrots. 

**If you’re cooking on an electric element rather than gas – stir frequently so it doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pot. 

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Comments 8

Petra on

This soup is delicious and I’m not even vegan. The lemon at the end makes the soup. Don’t leave it out.

Edward Perrow on

Are red and orange lentils the same??
This recipe and others are printable!!! If using Windows highlight the text, right click to open menu, select print. If in Windows you should be able to print the selection either to paper or to a PDF file.

Petra on

Please allow your recipes to be printable. Thank you!

Joan on

This soup is fabulous!! I make many different lentil soups but this one is now at the top of my list. Please make this a printable version Palouse!

jo ann busch on

I would appreciate it if you could make making the recipes printable. Thank you.

Joan on

Just made this soup. Delicious!! And easy.

Dave Hanower on

The recipe looks great. I look forward to trying it soon. Just wondering if there is a printable version, perhaps a pdf, so that I can refer to it while I’m cooking. Thank you.

Ginger Conrad on

This is similar to Turkish Red Lentil soup, which I love. The addition of lemon might take it to the next level. I won’t add oil, though. Thanks.

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