Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
11 servings. (serving size: 1 cup)

Spice up a hearty lentil soup with cumin, turmeric, chili powder and ground red pepper, and stir in canned diced tomato for both color and additional flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add the turmeric and the next 6 ingredients (turmeric through garlic); sauté for 1 minute. Add water and next 4 ingredients (water through diced tomatoes); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour.

Step 2

Reserve 2 cups lentil mixture. Place half of remaining mixture in blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with other half of remaining mixture. Stir in reserved 2 cups lentil mixture. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and a cilantro sprig, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

karinathome's Review

February 24, 2014
Best lentil soup I've ever had; just delicious!!

cdegroff67's Review

January 02, 2014

amy987's Review

November 14, 2013

daneanp's Review

September 30, 2013
Good, very filling soup. I did cut the ground red pepper by half and was glad that I did. So nice to have an imersion blender for this (thanks mom!) Sprinkled some parmesean cheese on top with the tomates and cilantro. Served with a tossed green salad and sliced foccacia bread.

MerryMerlin's Review

October 31, 2012
This has been our favorite lentil soup since the recipe first came out. No shrinking violet, this is a soup with assertive flavor that combines tomato with garlic, onion, and a variety of spices. We vary the consistency from smoother to chunkier depending on whether we want a rustic or a more sophisticated feel.

aehisel's Review

September 28, 2012
I love this soup! So flavorful and filling.

GracieNoel's Review

June 06, 2012
If you don't garnish this soup with fresh tomatoes, you would never know there are tomatoes in it. I was expecting more tomato flavor! I also thought it turned out too spicy, even though I used only 1/2 tsp ground red pepper. I love spicy foods but this was all spice and no flavor. Also looks unappetizing. Won't make again.

mrsknownothing's Review

February 04, 2012
This recipe was easy to make and had a good consistency to it, but it was way too spicy for my taste. Unfortunately I will not be making this recipe again.

bmoxie1212's Review

February 03, 2012
This is an excellent lentil soup-- love the spicy flavor. It has been a 'go to' soup for many years in my kitchen!

sgforsberg's Review

December 27, 2011