I have two hearty soups to share. Perfect to serve for dinner on a chilly night. This red lentil soup is healthy, delicious, and quick to prepare.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I doubled the recipe, modified the proportions, and puréed the finished soup to create a uniform texture. I served it with warm naan and green salad.
Yield: 8 servings
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, more for drizzling
- 2 large yellow onions, chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 T tomato paste
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt, more to taste
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground Chile powder, more to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne, more to taste
- 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock (I used 1 quart of homemade turkey stock & 1 quart of chicken stock)
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups red lentils
- 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
- juice and zest of 1 lemon, more to taste
- 6 T chopped fresh cilantro, more for garnish
- In a large pot, heat oil over high heat until hot and shimmering.
- Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.
- Add stock, water, lentils and carrots. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes.
- Taste and add salt if necessary.
- Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée the soup then add it back to pot.
- Reheat soup if necessary, then stir in lemon juice and cilantro.
- Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder, if desired. Garnish with additional minced cilantro as well, if desired.