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Bryan's Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Rated as 4.18 out of 5 Stars

"A spicy red lentil soup that is fast and easy."
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45 m servings 241
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the onion until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in tomatoes, spinach, and lentils, and pour in water. Season with basil, cardamom, cumin, cayenne pepper, and curry powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender.
  2. Transfer the soup to a blender (or use a hand held blender), and blend until smooth before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 241 calories; 1.8 41 16.7 0 268 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

This is an excellent soup: flavorful, colorful and simple. I made very few changes (fresh basil, more water and a tad more of each of the spices).

Most helpful critical review

A very unappetizing color after it comes out of the blender. Fairly good tasting, but I probably won't make it again.

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This is an excellent soup: flavorful, colorful and simple. I made very few changes (fresh basil, more water and a tad more of each of the spices).

Very flexible recipe. I made it the first time as written. I have made it several times now and I have altered it a little. I saute chopped carrot with the onion and use twice as much liquid as ...

Very tasty. I recommend blending only half of the lentil mixture, because it is much more stew-like than soup-like. Also, I added chopped fresh basil to keep it fresh-tasting, served it with r...

This was a very tasty wasn't soup...I didn't blend it and it was thick and yummy. Even my 16 year old son liked it. He ate it on toast and I had mine over rice.

I love this soup. It is not spicy, just flavorful. For the taste and ease of preperation I give it 5 stars.

This is nice and spicy- a good base recipe to play with as the other reviews mention. I added the juice of half a lemon and fresh spinach just before serving instead of the tomatoes. No need t...

This was a tough one to give 4 stars to. It has plenty of heat, which is fine with me, but my wife couldn't handle it. You might want to cut back on the cayenne pepper to 1/4 teaspoon and think ...

OOOO! This is Goood! Prepared as directed. Nice and spicy. My husband loves it, the children thought it a little too spicy. I've tried three new recipes this week from allrecipes and this is our...

Excellent and extremely tasty though I had to add a lot more water to get it to a consistency where I didn't find it too thick.