Simple Red Lentil Soup

Simple Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 tsp of 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

Instructions

1

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.

2

Add garlic and cook until fragrant.

3

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

4

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

5

Garnish with cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds.

6

Add water if the soup is too thick.

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