Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup


A quick, easy and tasty recipe for thick lentil soup. This works best using a hand blender or a food mixer, but you can puree it in the blender too. Serve with thickly sliced crusty bread for a filling and delicious meal.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 chile pepper, chopped

  • 1 cup red lentils

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup water

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ cup sour cream, for topping (Optional)

  • 2 sprigs fresh basil leaves for garnish (Optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Lightly brown the onions in the oil. Add the tomatoes, chili pepper, lentils, cumin and basil to the pan along with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

  2. When the lentils have softened, use a stick blender to puree the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For a special touch, put sour cream in a squirt bottle, and squeeze a spiral onto the top of each bowl of soup, and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 269mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 39mg 197%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 688mg 15%

* 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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