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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

239 calories; protein 12.8g 26% DV; carbohydrates 32g 10% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 6.3mg 2% DV; sodium 268.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2007
I added garlic a chicken bullion cube and only had brown lentils to use. As with it seems every lentil recipe I had to increase the amount of water. A very good soup and quick to put together. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2011
It was very good BUT even though I added another cup of water it was NOT soup. What did I do wrong? However I will try it again. Read More
(6)
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2007
I added garlic a chicken bullion cube and only had brown lentils to use. As with it seems every lentil recipe I had to increase the amount of water. A very good soup and quick to put together. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
Wondeful soup! I used two peppers instead of one and replaced the can of stew tomatoes with four fresh large tomatoes. Great kick! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
I have been trying lentil recipes laterly and this is one of the easiest soups I have made - will definitely be making it again. I did substitute spanish oregano for the basil. Next time I will try chopped chipotle pepper (smoked jalapeno in adobo sauce) instead of the chile pepper for a deeper more smokey flavor. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2008
This was delicious. I also added: chopped carrots potatoes garlic and garbanzo beans (and increased the amount of water that I used). It was as a result very thick...more like a stew than a soup. I will definitely make this again. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2005
very easy and came out GREAT! I substituted curry powder for cumin (did not have it) and added paprika and cayenne pepper. I'll definitely make this again! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2007
This soup is SO easy to make & reheats wonderfully! Since I'm a spice fiend I doubled the cumin used two coarsely chopped serrano peppers and a bit of hot curry powder. I think I'm going to add shredded turkey or chicken next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2009
very good and easy. First time making lentils and i now like lentils:) This needed a little more seasoning for my taste so I added 3 cloves garlic and used a whole seeded jalapeno 1 full tsp cumin dashes of celery salt 1 can fat free chicken broth instead of water and a pinch of mexican oregano. More fresh basil would be excellent in this. I have a tomato garden in bloom so I used 4 medium fresh tomatoes instead of canned. This is a hearty soup and excellent with the recommended sour cream and basil garnishes. Thank You!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2009
I didn't have the peppers so I used about 1/2t of red pepper flakes & it was rather nippy. My husband & I really enjoyed it but it was a bit too hot for the kids. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream as that is what I had on hand. I also added a bit more water than the recipe called for as I found it somewhat thicker than I would have liked it. I might add a second can of tomatoes and use broth instead of water next time as well. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2011
This recipe gets 5 stars based on the following modifications I made: 1/2 onion is plenty 1 28 oz can tomatoes 2 cups water (without the additional water and tomatoes it is way too thick) 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like heat) 1 1/2 tsp cumin. The suggestion of sour cream as a topping is a good one. I blend this with a hand blender but didn't blend it smooth - I think it's better with a bit of body left to the lentils. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2011
It was very good BUT even though I added another cup of water it was NOT soup. What did I do wrong? However I will try it again. Read More
(6)