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Red Lentil Soup With Lemon Recipe

Updated on August 5, 2012
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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4 Servings


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Quart Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 Carrot, Peeled and Diced
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
  • A Pinch Chili Pepper, Ground
  • 3 Tablespoons Cilantro, Chopped
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat in a large pot until shimmering.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes or until golden.
  3. Add in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper, and chili pepper, stirring regularly, and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add broth, 2 cups of water, lentils, and the carrot. Bring the pot to a simmer, then partially cover the pot and turn heat to medium low.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  6. Move roughly half the soup into a blender, and puree it.
  7. Add the pureed soup back into the pot. Reheat the soup if necessary.
  8. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro, and serve hot.


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