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Looking to add a new soup to your rotation? This delicious Red Lentil soup from Jen @z.e.n.e.r.g.y is full of flavour and will hit the spot.

Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of chili powder or ground cayenne
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • Optional chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


  • Heat 3 tablespoons of olive in a large pot. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder, and saute for 2 minutes longer.
  • Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partly cover the pot and turn heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer until the lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  • Optional/ Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, puree half the soup, then add it back to pot. The soup should be somewhat chunky. Top of with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
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