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Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup is the perfect homemade soup - nourishing, delicious and filling, and simple to make. Vegan and gluten-free too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Main dish
Keyword: fall recipe, gluten free, lentil soup, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Marie


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. each curry and ground cumin
  • 1 tsp each ground turmeric, paprika, and ground cardamom
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, lower sodium
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, dried, rinsed
  • 1 whole dried, hot red chili pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper


  • Heat oil in large pot, add onions, peppers, carrots and garlic and sauté until tender.
  • Add curry, cumin, turmeric, paprika, and cardamom and cook another minute stirring constantly.
  • Pour in broth and water. Add lentils, dried chili pepper, ginger and parsley. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes until lentils are soft.
  • Remove from heat and blend with a stick blender until desired consistency. If desired, skip this step and serve without blending.
  • Stir in lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.


This soup is wonderful served with a dollop of sour cream or our Cilantro Lime Crema (use vegan sour cream or Greek yogurt if desired)