Red Lentil Soup

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Yesterday I took advantage of a few free hours and made some red lentil soup, among other things. Lately, I’ve been into turmeric and ginger, so this is packed with both. Since red lentils cook faster than the brown and green variety, this will be ready to go a lot sooner. Serve it plain, with brown rice, or over a bed of spinach. You can also add nutritional yeast if you’re into that kind of thing.


  • 1 lb red lentils, rinsed
  • 5-6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 knob of ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce (optional)
  • lots of turmeric
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and carrot. Cook until soft.
  2. Add lentils and spices. Stir well. Add broth or water and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and simmer until lentils are tender.


2 thoughts on “Red Lentil Soup

    Jenn said:
    February 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Yum! You inspired me and I made the best lentil soup I’ve done so far in the slow cooker yesterday. Red lentils, onion, garlic, celery, carrot, yellow pepper, shiitakes, a couple chicken/turkey/portobello mushroom sausages, a big sprig of fresh sage, 2 bay leaves, turmeric, paprika, s & p, a little chili powder, chix stock and water. It came out so good! I’ve really been loving doing a slow cooker soup every week and having it for lunch. Such a healthy/inexpensive thing. And of course there’s the satisfying cooking therapy aspect of it.

    White Bean Soup | Keeping It Real Food said:
    November 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    […] enjoying some old favorites recently, like, mushroom lentil bourguinon and multiple various on red lentil soup—from curried with pumpkin to a version based on this chowder from Vegetarian Times, which […]

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