Red or Brown Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup - Recipe For Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup has so many nutrients and is a great source of calcium, Iron and vitamin A.  This recipe can also be made with brown lentils, if red lentils are not in your pantry or are difficult to find at your local grocery store.   Make this recipe a vegetarian/vegan recipe by simply changing the chicken broth to vegetable broth.  Also keep in mind when seasoning this soup with salt, that most store bought broths have plenty of salt (sodium) in them, so do a taste test before adding any additional salt.  Make it more kid friendly, by excluding the crushed red peppers.  Personally I prefer this soup a bit spicy, but it is not for everyone.  If you give this recipe for Red Lentil Soup, or have another recipe you would like to share, please do comment below. Enjoy!


1) Heat the oil in a large soup pot on high heat, once the oil is heated, saute the onions, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes,

2) Stir frequently until the onions are soft and translucent.

3) Add the garlic, crushed red peppers, cumin powder, and dried dill. Cook with the onion mixture for about 1 minute.

4) Pour in the broth lentils and diced tomatoes, bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes until the lentils are tender.

5) Add the rinsed and drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into the pot, and squeeze in the lemon juice. 

6) Season with a little salt and black pepper to taste.


  1. 2 tablespoon canola oil
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  3. 3 carrot sticks, cut in small pieces
  4. 3 celery sticks, cut in small pieces
  5. 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  6. 8 cups vegetable or chicken soup
  7. 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  8. 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  9. 1 tablespoon dried dill
  10. 2 cups fried red lentil
  11. juice of one lemon
  12. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  13. 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder