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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe

by Jeanette on November 4, 2010 · 6 Comments
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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup © Jeanette's Healthy Living

It is cold and pouring out today, which makes me want to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a hot bowl of soup. A nice bowl of Red Lentil Soup chock full of vegetables would be perfect, I thought, this time with some smokiness, using Spanish smoked paprika and fire-roasted tomatoes.

Red lentils and French green lentils are probably my favorite lentils when it comes to making soups.  Whereas French green lentils retain their shape when cooked, red lentils soften up and add a nice creamy texture to soups. This lentil soup certainly warmed me up.

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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup
I like using lots of different spices in soups to add extra warmth.
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, tender white and pale green parts only, thoroughly washed and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 zucchini, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted tomatoes)
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed and picked through for stones
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and leek and cook until softened. Add carrots, celery, garlic, zucchini, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and turmeric. Cook for 3-4 minutes to develop flavor, being sure to stir to prevent sticking at the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes, lentils, cilantro and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until lentils are soft, 25-30 minutes. Add chopped kale and cook just until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

More Lentil Soup Recipes:
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Thai Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s French Lentil Soup with Barley and Rainbow Chard
Elana’s Pantry’s Yellow Split Pea Soup with Smoked Paprika
Kalyn Denny on BlogHer’s Weekend Menu Planning: Try Some Lentil Soup
Stretch Mark Mama on BlogHer: Crock Pot Lentil Soup
101 Cookbook’s Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup

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  1. I need to try this one! Look so scrumptious!

  2. I too need to try this. I have not had lentils and I have a couple of people telling me just how delicious they are. This looks like the perfect soup for this chilly weather! Be sure to check out my blog to enter my giveaway as well.

  3. Hi Angie, hope you have a chance to try this recipe, great for a cold damp day.

  4. Hi Pretend Chef, lentils add a nice hearty texture to soups and are really good for you too. Fun giveaway on your site!

  5. am i the only who realized the amount of oil is left out of the ingredient list?

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