Red Lentil Soup

Makes 6 servings.

This recipe is a healthy, thick, hearty soup, to warm your heart on the bleakest days of winter. This soup also freezes very well. It is one of the few soups that I do not puree.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic, cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded finely chopped (See Note)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, approx
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric, approx
  • 1 3/4 cups red lentils
  • 6 -6 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, approx
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish, optional


  1. In a large covered saucepan heat the olive oil. Add onions, garlic and jalapeno. Sautee covered over low heat for about 10 minutes.  The onions should be soft. Stir in cumin and turmeric. Add lentils and 6 cups of broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, lower the heat and cook covered for about 15 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  2. Adjust the seasoning with cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper and lime juice.
  3. This soup thickens a bit. When ready to serve, adjust the consistency with the reserved ½ cup of broth. Season to taste again.


I chop finely the onions, garlic and jalapeno in a food processor. Be sure to quarter the ingredients first.

When seeding jalapeno peppers, please wear thin plastic gloves to avoid irritating your skin or your eyes.