Simple Red Lentil Soup

Simple Red Lentil Soup


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 tsp freshly ground cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice



Coat the bottom of a pot with oil. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly cracked pepper, and cumin . Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.


Add garlic and cook until fragrant.


Add lentils, thyme, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are very soft, about 25 minutes.


Discard bay leaf and thyme sprig. Whisk vigorously to break down the lentils or use an immersion blender.


Garnish with cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds.


Add additional water if the soup is too thick.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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