by Olena

Red Lentil Soup

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

Warm up this season with a bowl of Red Lentil Soup. A hearty soup made with a vegetable base, red lentils, quinoa and seasoned with cumin and coriander. Simple and satisfying!

Red Lentil Soup in a bowl with a spoon

Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Red lentil soup is incredibly filling and highly nutritious. During this season many of us are eating all the desserts, sharing heavy meals and indulging. We all need a good healthy soup to bring back some balance to our lives!

The flavours of onion, garlic, cumin and coriander in this red lentil soup recipe will fill your kitchen with incredible aromas. Make a big batch and freeze some for later. Be sure to pack the rest away for lunch throughout the week.

Making healthy meals using fresh wholesome ingredients goes hand in hand with taste in my books. This vegan-friendly soup delivers on all fronts. Packed with fibre and iron from the lentils and quinoa, this nutrient-dense soup is delicious and makes a great choice for an easy weeknight dinner!

Red Lentil Soup in a blue pot

Ingredients for Red Lentil Soup

  • Mirepoix: A marriage of diced onions, carrots and celery and, in this case, minced garlic cooked slowly. This acts as the flavour foundation of many different soups.
  • Oil: Olive oil, coconut oil are great choices. Ghee, which is a clarified butter will also work well.
  • Spices: Cinnamon, coriander and salt.
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lentils: Dry and rinsed.
  • Quinoa: Uncooked.
  • Broth: Water and low sodium bouillon cubes or any store bought (or homemade) low sodium broth.

cooking vegetables for Red Lentil Soup in dutch oven and mixing with wooden soup

How to Make Red Lentil Soup

  • Prep: Preheat dutch oven or big pot and add oil to coat the bottom.
  • Saute: Add the onion and garlic and begin to saute, stirring occasionally.
  • Add: Add celery and carrots and continue to stir. Add spices and red pepper flakes and continue to cook, stirring frequently.
  • Boil: Add red lentils, quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil and cover to cook.
  • Serve: Serve hot with a side of sprouted grain bread or a nice light salad.

Tips

  • No soaking: Lentils and split peas can be cooked from dried, unlike beans. However, if you own magic Instant Pot you can cook even dried beans without soaking. Ha!
  • Green or brown lentils: Yes, you sure can but keep in mind the consistency will be less blended. Neither green nor brown lentils break down as red lentils do.
  • All broth: You can use all broth in place of water if you would prefer.
  • The kettle trick: If you choose to use water and bouillon cubes, to save time, boil water in a kettle while prepping ingredients.
  • Taste as you go: Adjust the salt to your liking. Not all bouillon cubes are created equal!

red lentil soup in a bowl with a spoon and toast

How to Store, Freeze & Reheat

Storing: Store this soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. If you have made a big batch, freeze in smaller amounts and thaw only what you need.

Reheating: Reheat this soup on the stovetop covered on low heat.

More Lentil Soup Recipes

I love lentils! Red lentils break down into a naturally creamy soup. Green and brown lentils make hearty soup with a bite. So much protein. And love-love lots of vegetables to keep us healthy.

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Red Lentil Soup

red lentil soup recipe

5 from 3 reviews

Warm up this season with a bowl of Red Lentil Soup. A hearty soup made with a vegetable base, red lentils, quinoa and seasoned with cumin and coriander. Simple and satisfying!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 large celery stalks, diced
  • 5 large carrots, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil, for frying
  • 2 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups red lentils, dry & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 12 cups water + low sodium bouillon cubes or any low sodium broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat dutch oven on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add celery and carrots; sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add cumin, coriander, salt, red pepper flakes, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  4. Add red lentils, quinoa, water+bouillon cubes or broth and stir. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

  • You can use all or some vegetable broth in place of water.
  • Adjust salt to taste in case your bouillon cubes are less salty than mine.
  • If you use water + bouillon cubes, boiling it in a kettle first while you are prepping ingredients saves time.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This was a delicious dish and also filling. Was I supposed to put bay leaf in? I seen it in the picture but not ingredients 🤔

  2. This is such a quick, healthy, stick to your ribs dish. I love learning about and using red lentils. I batch cook two dishes every weekend to eat throughout the week and this is on my rotation. It’s delicious and my whole family loves it.
    Thank you, Olena!

  3. How many servings in the soup & could I add another ingredient to replace the quinoa on this occasion. I love real food! Well done!

    1. Hi Cheri. This red lentil vegetable soup is around 8 servings about 2 cups per serving. What ingredient did you want to use instead of quinoa? It depends.

  4. Hey Olena. You have it down as coriander being ground cilantro in your post. Unless you changed it later. 😉 I’ve never heard of miso paste so now I’m curious to try it out. Thanks for another yummy recipe!

    1. OMG I am having a nightmare of confusion with a coriander LOL. I did say I couldn’t compose even 3 sentences with kids jumping around. Thank you! I will change that.
      Oh, I can’t say enough good things about miso!!! It adds such a lovely depth of flavour to soups and stews. Especially in water based soups. And so cheap and so good for us full of probiotics.

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