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Red lentil soup


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or to taste
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • Juice of ½ lemon, more to taste



  1. In a large pot, heat 3 tbsp oil over high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion and saute until golden, about 4 minutes, and garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  2. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and saute for 2 minutes longer.
  3. Add broth, 1½ cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  5. Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, puree half the soup then add it back to pot (soup should be somewhat chunky).
  6. Stir in lemon juice when ready to serve.

Serves 8, 1 cup portions


About Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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