Lentil Soup

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
30 min
45 min

6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground grains of paradise

Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt and sweat until the onions are translucent, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency. Serve immediately.

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Really good! Didn't have celery so added 1/4 t of celery seed. Also subbed peppercorns for grains of paradise. Lots of flavor and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good basic lentil soup recipe. I didn't have grains of paradise, but I did add a few sprinkles of red chili powder to give it a subtle hint of spice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so so good! And easy! Everyone in the family loved it - it was hard to stop when we were full. So excited that there's enough for another meal! Next time, I'll try leaving out the tomatoes, I liked the idea of adding spinach and/or leeks from other comments, and though the grains of paradise smelled good and the recipe is fabulous as it stands, I might avoid the crushing next time and see if it's still this amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe!! I did not added grains of paradise neither cumim and it was awesome. Very versatile recipe, i put chicken in it, sausage... it is great everytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used canned tomatoes and cardamom+black pepper for grains of paradise and mashed slightly with a potato masher in the end. Excellent flavours! It tasted like the lentil soup my favourite lunch spot makes. They finish the soup with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and drizzle of olive oil, which I copied. Will definitely make again -- and double the batch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My dad used to make lentil soup almost every week during the colder months. I showed him this recipe and had the same reaction I had: What on Earth is this? Something that eludes the typical home cook is that you don't need to add so many vegetables and spices to soup. K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid. Now, I am not saying that if you follow this recipe to a tee that you won't like it, but I think there are a few things you can drop/add. You can drop all the spices. All of them if you want. Add some bay leafs. Drop the carrots and celery. With the tomatoes and onions, you are adding too many kids to pool. And the last thing I have to add: For the love of all that is holy DO NOT puree the soup. It does not need it. Name me one soup with this many ingredients you puree? None because it is insane. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe but was looking for a little more protein and one dish low carb meal so I added sauté chicken and 2 cups chopped kale. Wow made a great recipe even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe. I make a batch and freeze in serving portions for lunches. I don't have the grains of paradise, but is still tasty. I have even added Italian sausage and ham at different times to add some add'l flavors and make it a heartier meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like it because it is healthy and hearty. Love lentils. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome soup and just the right thing to make on a cool, rainy October day. I used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes as that is what I had on hand and I used my immersion blender to puree. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think there are lots of different recipes for soup and people can make their own additions and subtractions - soup is all about personal choice! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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