Lentil Soup

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
6 servings

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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.


CATEGORIES:
View All

Pairs Well With
Merlot

Jammy, earthy red wine

  • Find easy pairings for your favorite recipes, Bobby's perfect picks and party ideas.
Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
4.8 328
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
The best lentil soup EVER. I am crazy about lentils and thought my own recipes were too delicious to be improved upon but I like to try new recipes sometimes. I will always be making this one from now on! I feel shivers of pleasure with each bite, it sounds crazy but it is an incredible taste experience for me. One thing though is that I increase the cumin and coriander and use cardamom instead of grains of paradise. Oh and I must confess that added a package of frozen chopped spinach at the end. I feel like I touch God or heaven or something when I eat this soup, fresh, leftovers OR thawed from the freezer! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is easy and delicious! Great for the bariatric patient who needs to keep their meals so packed with protein! A great soup recipe to warm the body on a cold Fall day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out great! I actually added a bit of a "Moroccan" twist to mine, and added a blend of turmeric, chili powder, black pepper, chili flakes, oregano and coriander (about 1 tsp each) as well as 2 cloves of garlic. Came out great. Agree with other reviewers - the recipe called for a LOT of lentils, so I had to add some extra stock to the mix. I like the recipe because its a great base, but you can definitely make it your own based on your taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. Good comfort food and healthy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very different from the "Traditional" Greek Lentil Soup that I am used to. However, it was quite good - had a nice spicy kick to it. I substituted Black Pepper for the Grains of Paradise and used Crushed Red Pepper instead of Coriander. I also used Vegetable Broth as I wanted a Vegetarian-based soup. I found that I needed to cook this more than the recommended 35-40 minutes as the Lentils were still crunchy. The soup was a bit on the thick side so would recommend either using a bit more broth or a bit less lentils to give it a more soupy result. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great quick and easy dish with great flavor. I substituted black pepper for the grains of Paradise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, quick, economical, healthy and delicious! What more could you ask for? I didn't have the grains of paradise so I added black pepper and the smallest pinch of smoked paprika. I ordered grains of paradise from Amazon and they are on the way for the next time. I also added a clove of garlic to the veggies. Perfection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic as always. Omitted the tomato as we do not like our with Tomato, added leeks in addition to the onion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome soup. Didn't have grains of paradise, so I added a bit of ground ginger and ground pepper and served with toasted sourdough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful :) I used bacon fat instead of olive oil and mushroom broth mostly because that was what I had on hand. It turned out lovely and the only thing missing is a slice of warm bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this with homemade chicken broth, added kale, garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice and it was the best lentil soup I've had! I'll definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best lentil soup I have ever had! It's literally better than my mother's. Perfect recipe…thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
#1 healthy and filling soup on my list now. Thanks to Alton Brown! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best lentil soups I've ever eaten. Will be my go to recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also did not have grains of paradise, so I substituted 1/4t black pepper, 2 crushed cardamom seeds, a dash of ginger and a dash of Penzy's Berbere seasoning (an African pepper blend). Turned out AMAZING! This was my first time making lentil soup and this will be my recipe to go to in the future. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great soup, I used Penzey's peri-peri mix instead of grains of paradise, very similar. Calorie count seems way off though, olive oil - 240 cal, veggies - 130 cal, lentils - 640 cal = 1,000 cals total. My batch made 10 cups cooked so it's 100 calories per 1 cup serving. I usually mix it with a bunch of chopped parsley or kale and a 1 cup serving is very filling so it's a very low calorie lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out really good! My husband and I have recently become vegetarians so this was a nice hearty and protein rich soup to fill the void of meat in our lives. I couldn't find the grains of paradise so I substituted 1/4 tsp cardamom, 1/4 tsp rainbow pepper, and a pinch of ginger. I also used homemade vegetable stock instead of store bought stuff so I'm not sure if that affected the salt in the recipe but it turned out perfect for us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very filling & surprisingly satisfying. I thought I would miss the addition of meat but I don`t. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a college student who has never cooked a thing in his life, but I wanted to find a lentil soup that a could cook a huge amount of and then eat it throughout the week. Just made this for the first time, and it was ridiculously easy and is delicious. Granted, I adjusted the recipe to fit was was in my kitchen instead of going shopping. Who knew lentils could bolster one's confidence and self-sufficiency? They really are magic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this for the last couple of weeks & think it's fantastic! I substitute a can of fire-roasted tomatoes to amp up the heat and use garam masala in place of the grains of paradise.. always like to use what's on hand instead of going out to buy new spices that might otherwise die a natural death in my spice drawer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe and easy to make. Grains of Paradise is what some countries used before they had access to black peppercorns. I found it at my local independent spice shop. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay, I wanted something that was healthy and looked easy to make but I am stumped . . . what is "Grains of Paradise"? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this is my favorite lentil recipe! It's fresh & vibrant, hearty & comfy, all at the same time - I especially like using Cento's San Marzano canned tomatoes that I crush by hand, they're a little sweeter than most and I like it. I toast my ground cumin & coriander in a dry sauté pan. Instead of the rare Grains of Paradise, I use a pinch of white pepper and a pinch of ground ginger. The flavors of this soup are so delish! I choose not to puree it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never had lentil soup before so I have nothing to compare it to. I used half/half red and green lentils. I substituted the grains of paradise with 1/4 tsp ginger and 1 tsp black pepper. It has a subtle kick to it. It turned out the colour of pureed pumpkin. I made it with intentions of eating some and saving the left overs for lunches. I did notice that the soup quickly started to brown/crust on the surface during the time required to cool it for containerization. I definitely recommend storing this in an air tight container. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very delicious - I make lentil soup once or twice every winter and freeze the leftovers. Next time I'll double this recipe so I have more to freeze. I live in Chicago, so I'm sure I could find Grains of Paradise but after reading about it, I decided to order it on Amazon. I use a lot of spices and this really did make a difference in the soup - it has a unique flavor. This will now be my go to lentil soup recipe. Oh, I like a little heat too so I used a can of Rotel tomatoes with chilis in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is so yummy, easy and good for you! I ordered Grains of Paradise through Amazon. Definitely get this amazing spice...very unique flavor and it makes this soup special. I love Giada's lentil soup recipe and I have to say, I like this one even more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Filling meal but needs more flavor. I couldn't find the "grains of paradise" in the local grocery stores. One store owner laughed at me when I asked him if he carried "grains of paradise." Apparently, it is a peppery spice from Africa, so I used pepper instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe and super easy! Even the kids like this one and look forward to having it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the grains of paradise but this soup was still great with homemade chicken stock and french lentils. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is excellent! Very flavorful. It was comfort food for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times. Hard to mess up and always yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the flavors in this soup. Excellent recipe! Used fresh ginger instead of grains of paradise, and added a little chili powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
substituted White pepper and garlic for the grains of paradise and garnished with fresh cilantro. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taste, but very thick. I think the liquids are not enough, perhaps need to add 1-2 cups of water/or broth and spice it up a bit too? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great because it tastes good and makes you feel good. I usually make it when I feel like I need a "cleanse." Lentils are nature's broom! This recipe makes a lot of soup and I often freeze half. I've used red lentils and black lentils--both good. I don't worry about the grains of paradise. I jut use plenty of black pepper. It's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Added some sliced turkey smoked sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I recently went out of town and had dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant and ordered a bowl of the Turkish Lentil Soup with Spinach and quickly fell in love with it. I had to find a recipe online that was a close match. After reading several different recipes, I felt the ingredients in Alton's recipe was the closest and I was right. I was able to find toasted, ground cumin in my local grocer's spice section. Unfortunately, I was not able to find grains of paradise locally, however, a specialty food store in my town had a spice mix called North African Ras el Hanout, which is made with ginger, black pepper, turmeric, galangal, all spice, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, coriander, cumin and rose petals. I figured since grains of paradise is a member of the ginger family, and since it is native to Africa, the ingredients in this spice mix seemed close enough. I am ordering grains of paradise online for future use and will compare the two outcomes. Thank you AB! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been a lentil lover for over 25 years! Just made AB's recipe and it is delicious! Since I didn't have the Grains of Paradise here's what I substituted: 1/8th tsp. of ginger, 1/8th tsp. of cardamon, and 1/4 tsp. of white pepper. This addressed the many reviewers complaints of using straight pepper as a substitute for the Grains of Paradise and it being overpowering. The white pepper isn't as strong. I also cut the salt to 1 tsp instead of the 2 tsp in the recipe as other readers indicated. I used low sodium chicken broth. It's November here in Kansas City so garden tomatoes are long gone. Instead, I used 1-14oz can of no salt diced tomatoes (drained) which measured as the 1 cup of chopped tomatoes. Added the drained tomato juice and chicken broth together to equal 2 quarts. Let it simmer until almost all the liquid was gone, then mashed the beans a little leaving it very thick and hearty!! YUM, great for a cold evening's dinner, even better for lunch tomorrow! Very flavorful seasonings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Left this soup in the dutch oven and refrigerated it over night, it turned black by dinner time, is it okay to eat? why doesn't the recipe tell us to store in another vessel? Tasty last night but scary for a bachelor... item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have been making this soup non stop for over a year. i even made it for a friend in scotland! today im making it with home made chicken broth, yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can seriously live on this soup, it is THAT good! I have given this recipe to countless family and friends and they ALL rave about it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is extremely tasty! it makes for a great family dinners because it has large portion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This my favorite soup ever. The only change I made is to use a can of Rotel for the tomatoes. I also put in a rind of Parmesan cheese if I have one.available. I use red lentils because I like them best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. I bought Grains of Paradise after reading the other reviews and researching the spice. Definitely adds a whole complexity to the flavor. Wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A healthy tasty vegetarian soup. We loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! Will definitely make again. Freezes very well for reheating later. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simmering now - so far smells divine and it is a chilly evening, early Fall. Eating with a fresh bagutte item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice recipe. I doubled the vegetables. The spice blend was remniscent of curry, though not entirely. It was a very interesting flavor. We topped with a bit of raw onion and some greek yougut and the soup was a winner. (I like chunkier soup so I took three ladels into the blender and whirred it around for 10 secdonds and returned it to the pot, and then repeated with three more ladels-full. Soup was thick and chunky. Nice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent soup. There was a restaurant that had my favorite lentil soup ever, I have tried to replicate it for years, to no avail. I couldn't figure out what that one elusive flavor was -- turns out, it was Grains of Paradise. Fantastic!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! Didn't have grains of paradise on hand so I used a blend of white and Malabar pepper with a squeeze of lime juice and a single green cardamom pod. I also added 2 split jalepenos and a tsp of schmaltz. Result was as good as any fine restaurant. I couldn't bring myself to grind any of the lentils. The broth was so clean and the lentils perfect creamy pillows item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such an amazing tasting and easy recipe!!! One question I have is the calorie count on it. I have done math every which way and cannot figure how 1 bowl of (based on 6 servings is 372 calories. I know the most caloric is the lentils, but basic lentils are 151 calorie per cup, dried. I keep coming up with the calorie count as just about 1,000 every which way I add it. Has anyone else noticed this?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have made this soup several times, with variation of spices, with and without turkey sausage -- each time I am amazed at how simple and delicious it is. Love that unlike other beans, lentils don't need soaking overnight. Easy to make with canned fire roasted tomatoes. I always double the veggies, and follow the advice of others by taking out a cup of whole lentils before using immersion blender. Great, great recipe! Follow up to previous post: consider 1/2 tsp fennel in place of hard-to-find grains of paradise. Just a little - it's a strong flavor, but great with spicy turkey sausage and spicy tomatoes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is delicious. I added 1 habanero because I love the extra spice it adds to it. This is a keeper for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recently purchased Grains of Paradise and was searching for a recipe to use it in. Perfect. Nothing more to say....try the recipe and you'll agree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I first made this it was after seeing the episode and as a hopeful solution to getting more protein in our diet without having to eat more meat. It was the first time I had ever had lentils and now I make a giant vat of this about every couple of weeks to send with my hubby for lunch at work. The flavor is great and to me it has a tiny kick to it. I follow the recipe exactly but when it's done cooking, I don't puree it at all. I find that we both like the more chunky consistency. It's easy, it's very cheap, it's very filling, and everyone who's tried it has loved it. And did I mention the awesome amount of protein? ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made it for lunch, enjoying it right now. This is my first time making lentil soup, the recipe is easy to follow and the result is amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added Cajun sausage & more veggies. Simple and my honey and kids loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent Lentil Soup item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and really good. I doubled up on the carrots and celery - good to sneak them past the kids - and cut out the onion because I just don't like onion. Added some turkey bacon because we LOVE its smoky goodness and took some lentils out before I used the immersion blender so that they stayed whole. Very satisfying dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds delicious ! will make it tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best lentil soup I've ever had...and I made it! Thanks Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Growing up on a "meat and potatoes" ranch and farm, my experience with lentils is limited. I followed this recipe exactly, and it was delicious! I will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy!! I love it. This soup is my go to easy recipe to a good dinner. Just the thing I want when on a cold wisconsin winter night. I don't change a thing but i do not use the grains of paradise. Will make again and again. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. I bought the grains of paradise seeds on amazon, and ground them with my spice grinder. I added a bit more liquid since my lentils weren't tender and the soup was thick. Other than that, I didn't change a thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and really easy! I was afraid it would taste like it was missing something since it didn't have any added meat or bones to deepen the flavor, but it was perfect. This is my new favorite lentil soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton does it again-this soup is amazing!!!!! I followed the recipe to a T (except used black pepper instead of grains of paradise. My husband loved it. A keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! Easy and so yummy. As others did I also added some hot chicken sausage and ground fennel. Both added a nice flavor. I will certainly make this again. I didn't have the grains of paradise but will look for it the next time I am in a specialty spice shop. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A nice, easy to make soup which is tasty and super healthy. I substituted black cardamom seeds for the grains of paradise. GOP is a very obscure spice - I won't add it to my kitchen just for this recipe. The soup tasted nice, but I added some amchur powder to give it some "pop". Amchur or some other acid really amplifies all the other flavors quite nicely. There is no heat in this soup whatsoever, so add a bit of black or cayenne pepper if you like hot foods. Finally, I held about 1/4 of the lentils back so there would be some whole lentils in the final soup. Elton rules !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe about a month ago--after trying with no luck to find the elusive 'grains of paradise'. It was SO good! Then about 2 weeks ago I checked out an obscure little herb and spice shop that I ran across--and they had the 'grains'! I'll be making the soup again soon, to see what it's like when you follow the recipe (something I don't always do.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and healthy recipe! I also added a little bit of seasoning ham to the soup. All I had for seasoning was cumin, kosher salt and pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this soup. Make a big pot of it every two weeks, at least. Great to feel like you are eating really healthy food that is so easy to make, and inexpensive too. All the ingredients are healthy and all the flavors come together really well. I throw in some stewed tomatoes (chopped up and a little sour cream. Thanks A.B.! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! Even when I erroneously missed a step or a couple, the recipe surpassed my expectations. Thank you for sharing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Full of flavor! I did use homemade chicken stock. I did not have the coriander or bird of paradise, so I just dried basil & fennel seeds. Pureed about 2/3 of soup & added a splash of 1/2 & 1/2 to make it really creamy. This is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight for the first time and I was very impressed. This was my first adventure into cooking with lentils, but I've always enjoyed them out. The soup was surprisingly easy to prepare and did not require a whole pantry full of items, which is always nice for me : The only reason I did not give it a whole five stars is due to the fact that like some other reviewers, I added in hot italian turkey sausage. I think it gave the flavor of the soup an extra kick-- the sausage seemed to permeate the broth and give it a touch of spiciness, which I loved. Not sure how it would have been without the sausage since I did modify the recipe slightly, but overall this is a great and easy recipe which doesn't require much money to prepare and could serve a large family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yea, this would have been AMAZING if I had used a less salty stock. As it was it was a little overpowering, but I could tell it would have been perfect with less salt, so pick a good stock and you'll be set. I used black lentils and they were delicious in this soup, I'll be making this again frequently. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely fantastic. Everyone loved it. I added a pound of sweet italian sausage as another reviewer had done. I couldn't find the grains of paradise at my grocery store, so I crushed up some fennel seed and threw that in instead. Tasted awesome. I'm intrigued by the grains of paradise, though, so I'll definitely be on the lookout so that I can add it next time. Thank you, Alton. This will be a go-to recipe for us now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love lentil soup, but always had a hard time finding a recipe for a home made soup as thick and tasty as I get in my favorite restaurant - until this one! This even works really well in the slow cooker, I cooked my lentils overnight to make sure they were soft enough, and just drained the water and added all the soup ingredients the next morning. By the end of the day I had lentil soup perfection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to make and tasty. I browned some hot italian sausage and added it to the soup. The Grains of Paradise were definitely hard to find, but I finally found them at Central Market (by H-E-B. Love that store! This will definitely be a regular in our home during the cold months. (= item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple but rich. This recipe works equally well with red or brown lentils. I can't wait to try it with green or black lentils for more variations. The grains of paradise give it a unique flavor, and it's definitely worth tracking them down online. I've used a combination of black pepper, cardomom, and more coriander to substitute for them in the past, but after making this soup with the real thing, I will always keep them on hand! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent soup. What I did do different is placed the salt until the end of cooking and I had no bird of paradise and it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a flavorful and delicious soup...very hearty and satisfying. It's absolutely terrific as a cold weather countermeasure. Warms the hands, the heart and stays with you. A great combination! My daughter made it and her 10-yr-old, 5-yr-old and 4-yr-old ALL LOVED IT! Now that's what I call a high compliment!!! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a little more cumin than recipe called for. This recipe is amazing!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is in regular rotation in my house. It's easy and relatively quick although it tastes like a soup that took hours to prepare and cook. I substitute dried fennel seed for the grains of paradise and it is fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this soup as a regular occurring item on my fall menu for about three years now. It appeals to everyone. For those who have trouble with the ever tricky "Grains of Paradise" they are also known as Guinea Pepper, or Alligator pepper, or Malaguita pepper. You can substitute Cardamom, which is what I do. I also use a vegetable based broth as opposed to chicken broth. Its a crowd pleasing, tummy filling, warm meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this soup twice in the past week! Healthy, hearty and delicious! And so easy to make! I did the recipe as written the first time and then made a few slight changes the second. Instead of 1 cup of peeled, chopped tomatoes, I added a whole 14 oz can of chopped tomatoes in their juice and I reduced the salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Both times I left out the grains of paradise because I wasn't able to find them, and I didn't blend the soup because I don't have a blender here at the moment, but it tasted great nonetheless! This will be one of my go to soups during the fall/winter months! Highly recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy and delicious! We didn't use grains of paradise but we did take the advice of some of the other reviewers and added some garlic (fresh and a bit of powder and black pepper. Also added a bit of paprika and red chili powder for kick since we like things spicy. Definitely will be making this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This lentil soup was WONDERFUL!!! It was tasty and hearty. I will definitely make this again. Since I didn't have grains of paradise or coriander at home, I used Mrs. Dash spices. I did not use a blender; just left it in its same texture. I HIGHLY encourage others to give it try. Great for Fall and Winter weather!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this soup for the first time this past week - so simple to make and yummy. I left out the grains of paradise, as I could not find it in the store. I used my blender instead of the hand mixer. Reminds me a lot of split pea soup, which I love. I will make this soup again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent lentil soup recipe which lends itself well to a bit of tweeking as a lot of the posts reflect. I have only made it once so far and used some celeriac in place of the celery as I had none at the time. Think I might give it a bit of heat next time with a red chilli. Can see this recipe becoming a regular. Cheers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent soup. I did not have enough lentils for the recipe, so I supplemented with some orzo. Very tasty. 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
I did the same - used garam masala in place of the paradise. Don't know if it tastes exactly like the original that Alton made - but coooking is all about "to taste" and ad libbing! And it turned out great item not reviewed by moderator and published
google is your friend. It was mine. Why take the trouble to criticize when it takes the same time to look it up? item not reviewed by moderator and published
why so negative laurli123? I too wondered what it was and it seemed like an interesting topic to many of us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
because I thought the initial poster was negative/complaining about the recipe because they don't know one of the ingredients. Poster implies he wanted to make it but is stopped "I am stumped" by not knowing ingredient.. I suppose they might lack internet access...otherwise obviously you could easily just look up what it is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
seems a little unfair to rate a recipe that you haven't made or don't know what the ingredients are. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Containerization...a method of shipping freight in relatively uniform, sealed, movable containers whose contents do not have to be unloaded at each point of transfer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One cup dried lentils yields approximately 2- 2.5 cups cooked lentils. Could that be the difference in your calculations? item not reviewed by moderator and published

This recipe is featured in:

Healthy Weeknight Dinners