Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint


This soup is divine and much like you will get at any authentic Turkish restaurant. It has dynamic flavors and a lovely mild heat. I make a big batch and eat it for lunch with crusty bread and salad the entire week. Optional: Serve with additional mint and lemon wedges.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes, drained

  • 5 cups chicken stock

  • ½ cup red lentils

  • ¼ cup fine bulgur

  • ¼ cup rice

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir the garlic into the onion and cook another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes to the onion mixture; continue to cook and stir another 10 minutes.

  2. Pour in the chicken stock, red lentils, bulgur, rice, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne pepper, and mint to the tomato mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the the lentils and rice are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

  3. Pour the soup into a blender to no more than half full. Firmly hold the lid in place and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth; pour into your serving dish. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup in cooking pot.

Cook's Notes:

The recipe is vegan, if you use olive oil instead of butter and vegetable stock instead of chicken broth.

Bulgur wheat can be found in most health food bulk sections, in international markets (or the international section of your grocer), or with other dried grains.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
6g Fat
24g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 623mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 292mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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