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Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4



  • In a high-sided saucepan (or soup pot) over medium heat, heat the olive oil then cook the onion and garlic, stirring often, until the onion is translucent (2 to 3 minutes). 
  • Add the carrots and jalapeño pepper to the saucepan and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the carrots have softened (approximately 7 to 8 minutes).
  • Add the coriander, turmeric, cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 1 or 2 more minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, plum tomatoes, and red lentils - stir to combine. Lower the heat to low and allow the soup to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are softened. 
  • Using a hand food processor or blender, blend the red lentil soup to your desired consistency. It can remain chunky or be totally smooth.
  • Add more salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper (optional, if you want it spicier) to taste, then serve.


Want it spicier? Try a fresh serrano pepper instead of a jalapeño. Serranos are typically double the heat.