Red Lentil Soup Recipe – with video

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient!

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Can be made vegan as well!

This soup is going to become my best friend soon. When God made me, apparently he forgot to give me two adult teeth. (Just kidding about the forgetting part, God.) Left in my mouth are two baby teeth. One of which needs to be removed.

So of course I’m being a huge baby about it. I hate the dentist. I have to have the tooth extracted, a bone graft put in, and then a titanium rod inserted INTO MY JAW for the implant. It’s a 10 month process overall and will cost us in the ballpark of $5,000 (that’s the part insurance doesn’t cover). I know there are boatloads of people out there going through way worse, so I don’t want to dwell on this…but yes, soup is going to be my BFF.

And if you see me in the next ten months please don’t make fun of me for my missing tooth. Thankfully it isn’t a front tooth because I think I’d just hibernate for ten months if that were the case.

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Can be made vegan as well!

This red lentil soup recipe is adapted from a recipe my mom made the last time I visited their house. I love a comforting bowl of soup that you can feel good about eating. It’s a great one to make at the beginning of the week and eat for lunch all week long.

This soup is so flavorful and is subtly sweetened with dried apricots! You sauté them at the beginning with onions and bell peppers and they add such a depth of flavor to this soup. That sweetness is countered with the warmness of fragrant cumin (my favorite!) and you’ll find that you just can’t stop eating this soup.

To give this soup a great consistency, I puréed about 2/3rds of it in my blender and then added it back into the rest of the soup. If you prefer a chunkier soup, feel free to skip that step. Or if you love your soup silky smooth, purée the whole thing!

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Can be made vegan as well!

 

Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Yield: 6 main dish servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and surprisingly flavorful, partially thanks to a unexpected ingredient!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 and 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking bulgur (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2-3 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil and add onion, bell pepper, and apricots. Saute, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent. Add broth, lentils, tomatoes, bulgur, cumin, thyme, celery seed, garlic powder, parsley and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer (medium-low heat).
  2. Cover partially and simmer 20-30 minutes or until lentils are softened. Stir occasionally and add more water if it becomes too thick.
  3. Remove 6 cups & puree in blender (you’ll probably have to do this in batches — be very careful!!!). Returned pureed soup to pan and stir to combine.

Notes

Note: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth make this soup vegan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 163mg Carbohydrates: 54g Fiber: 13g Sugar: 9g Protein: 23g
Verdict: Love it! This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Husband’s take: Surprisingly, my husband really did like this red lentil soup recipe — I thought it might be a little too bizarre for him.

Changes I would make: None are necessary. If you don’t have yellow bell peppers, feel free to use red or orange. Also, fresh apricots would work just as well as dried.

Difficulty: Easy.

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Can be made vegan as well!

Craving more soup? Try these recipes: Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables, Creamy Tomato Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo, 20 Minute Healthy Italian Turkey and Bean Soup, Shortcut Squash Soup, French Onion Soup from Gimme Some Oven, or Potato Leek Soup from Simply Recipes.

This red lentil soup recipe is comforting, healthy and subtly sweet, thanks to a unexpected ingredient! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Can be made vegan as well!
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28 comments

  1. ok, I’m totally in love with this soup Rachel! Not only is it gorgeous, but the apricots! Wow, what a great secret ingredient. Love!!

    so sorry to hear about your dental woes. Ugh. When God made me he gifted me with extra adult teeth. Yea, I got your teeth. I had an extra set of 2 front teeth above the ones above my baby teeth. It was bizarre and as a child I was at the dentist/orthodontist a lot because of it. Later in life when it was time to get my wisdom teeth out the x rays showed an extra set of wisdom teeth too. Ridiculous.

  2. Well, you know I love soup! This one is amazing, Rachel. The apricot idea is fabulous. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  3. I really need to cook with lentils more! I love getting lentil soup at restaurants but never seem to make it at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Stop it. Just hearing about a rod in your jaw makes me want to cry. I’m the worst about the dentist.

    This soup looks delicious though so at least you have something to look forward to!

  5. Rachel, a friend recently went through the same dentistry process you are embarking on. She did great and ate lots of soup after each procedure. Plus smoothies are yum. Best of luck!

  6. SO sorry about the dentist thing :( I really do not enjoy the dentist at all, and a rod in the jaw does not sound like fun, but this soup sounds SO delicious

  7. I gotta say.. you caught my eye.. red lentils with dried apricots… nice!!! I like it.. gonna try this… possibly in my next week roundup for lunch… my family is kinda particular… about eating lentils.. Me… I’m experimental.. I’m the guinea pig.. If I like something off kilter… I bring it in… HA!!!.. I may bring this one in.. it looks very yummy ingredient wise

  8. I really don’t like lentils, but you have me convinced! I may have to try this…

  9. oh man- those dental issues do not sound like much fun at all. :( this soup looks great. hopefully you’ll find lots of soups and smoothies to get you through the rough times.

  10. the soup sounds yummy.

    I lost a tooth–long story, but I had sepsis and it was an emergency extraction–and had to have a dental implant. we didn’t have dental insurance to cover it. we have dental insurance, it just doesn’t cover implants. one doctor gave me a cash discount. best wishes.

    • Oh wow! I’m glad mine isn’t an emergency. And we are in the same situation — we have dental insurance but it doesn’t cover the implant process. Nice that you got a cash discount! I should ask about that.

  11. This looks hearty, comforting, and delicious. I also totally love your bowl!

  12. We are having this soup tonight, can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Oooooooo goodness. I’m diggin’ diggin’ diggin’.

  14. We just finished dinner and the soup was great. Loved the flavour and texture. The only thing I added was 1/2 tsp of cayenne since we like our soup with a bit of heat! Thanks Rachel!

  15. I can’t say I make lentil soup often but after seeing this recipe it is something I am motivated to make soon. Love how healthy, hearty and comforting this is!

  16. Hi Rachel!

    I LOOOOVE lentils and this sounds amazing. Do you think it would work with brown lentils? I know it won’t be as pretty…but would it change the flavors in a bad way? Those are just what I have on hand!

    Thanks,
    Amanda

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