Turkish Red Lentil 'Bride' Soup


A wonderful and easy traditional red lentil Turkish soup recipe. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 cup red lentils

  • ½ cup fine bulgur

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 8 cups vegetable stock

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves

  • 4 slices lemon

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook onions in hot butter until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

  2. Stir paprika, lentils, and bulgur into onions to coat with butter.

  3. Add tomato paste, vegetable stock, and cayenne pepper; bring to a boil and cook until soft and creamy, about 1 hour.

  4. Crumble dried mint leaves into soup; stir and remove from heat.

  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
14g Fat
64g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 1080mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 777mg 17%

* 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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