Embrace the comforting aroma and nourishing essence of this delightful red lentil soup that effortlessly combines wholesome ingredients and aromatic spices. As winter winds whisper through your windows, warm up with a bowlful of goodness that marries the hearty flavors of red lentils, carrots, and potatoes. This easy-to-follow recipe transforms a handful of simple ingredients into a rich, satisfying soup that promises to be a staple in your kitchen.
Vegan lentil soup
You know those days when you are sick and need a comforting warm bowl of soup? That is what happened to me a few days ago - I needed some soup ASAP. I came back home from work with a headache and runny nose and made this red lentil and carrot soup quickly to ease my pain and boost my body with some warm food.
What is best about this recipe is that in 40 minutes, you have your soup ready and it only requires 10 minutes of prepping. Did I mention it’s a delicious vegan recipe? (Guess I just did!)
Mastering Red Lentil Soup: Tips for Perfection
Before cooking, rinse the red lentils under cold water to remove excess starch. This helps prevent the soup from becoming too thick and ensures a clean, vibrant flavor.
Sauté with Precision
Take your time sautéing the onions and garlic. Cooking until the onions are transparent and the garlic is aromatic enhances the base flavors of the soup.
Spice it Right
Balancing the spices is key. Adjust the quantity of black pepper, salt, sweet paprika, turmeric, and cumin according to your taste preferences. Consider starting with a bit less and gradually adding more to achieve the perfect flavor profile.
For a creamier texture, use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup. This will create a velvety consistency while still leaving chunks of vegetables for a satisfying bite. I usually don't bother and have the soup as it is.
Mind the Potatoes
Potatoes tend to absorb flavors, so be generous with the spices. Additionally, cut the potatoes into evenly sized cubes to ensure they cook uniformly.
Allow the soup to simmer over low to medium heat after adding the boiling water. This gives the ingredients ample time to mingle, creating a harmonious and well-developed flavor.
Serve with Style
Enhance the dining experience by serving the red lentil soup with a side of crusty bread or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a zesty kick.
Revel in Leftovers
Like many soups, the flavors of red lentil soup tend to deepen and intensify after sitting. Don't be afraid to make a larger batch and savor the delicious leftovers for days to come.
No, red lentils don't require soaking. However, it's advisable to rinse them thoroughly under cold water before cooking to remove excess starch.
While red lentils cook quickly and break down easily, you can use other lentils with a longer cooking time. Keep in mind that the texture and cooking duration may vary.
Increase the black pepper or add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat. Start with a small amount, taste, and adjust gradually to your preference.
Absolutely! Red lentil soup is versatile. Consider adding spinach, kale, or zucchini for added nutrition and flavor.
If you prefer a thicker soup, reduce the amount of water used. For a creamier texture, use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup.
Absolutely! In fact, red lentil soup often tastes even better the next day. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.
Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze for longer storage.
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Make this red lentil soup today!
Picture this: a steaming bowl of velvety red lentil soup, fragrant with the enticing blend of garlic, onions, and an array of spices, awaiting you at the table. With each spoonful, you'll savor the heartiness of tender carrots and potatoes, perfectly mingling with the wholesome goodness of red lentils. The time is now to transform your kitchen into a haven of warmth and your taste buds into a symphony of flavors. This soup not only fills your home with the inviting aroma of comfort but also brings a nourishing embrace to your soul. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of this simple yet exquisite creation. Whip out those ingredients, heat up the stove, and embark on a culinary journey that promises to banish the chill and wrap you in the delicious warmth of homemade red lentil soup. Your taste buds will thank you!
Red Lentil Soup
- 1 onion cut to small cubes
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 4 carrots cut to cubes
- 2 potatoes cut to cubes
- 1 cup red lentils
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 8 cups boiling water
- In a big pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion to the pot and cook until it becomes transparent and tender.
- Add the minced garlic cloves and cook for 1 more minute – be careful not to burn it.
- Add lentils, carrots, potatoes and all spices and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the boiling water and cook for 30 minutes.
- Serve with bread if desired.