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Red Lentil Soup

  • Author: Contentedness Cooking
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


This best Red Lentil Soup is made with simple ingredients and a great one pot recipe. Easy to make, filling and packed with amazing flavors. A keeper for your family lunch or dinner, perfect for meal prep, budget friendly and naturally vegan.



  • 1 cup red lentils, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 3 big cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley, dried
  • 5 oz tomato paste
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Fry for around 3 minutes until fragrant, then also give the lentils to the mix. Stir and let all fry for a minute more.
  2. Add vegetable broth, tomato paste, and the seasoning (smoked paprika, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper). Combine well.
  3. Bring this to a simmer. Put a lid on top of the pot and cook for 20 minutes longer on medium heat. Stir from time to time and mix the ingredients. If needed, add a few Tbsp of water to the lentils. When done, the red lentils should be soft, but not mushy.
  4. Mix in lemon juice just before the soup is ready. This will add a fresh and tangy flavor.


  • Serving Size: 1.25 cups
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 640 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.3 g
  • Fiber: 13.1 g
  • Protein: 11.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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