Red Lentil Soup Recipe

My friend Susan asked me recently if I had a good red lentil recipe. I do and was matter-of-factly thinking about making lentils sometime soon but not necessarily red ones as I didn’t have any handy.

She seriously got me thinking about them; pondering how much time I would save and how much prettier my soup would be if I used red lentils instead of the more common green ones—not that I’m bashing the green ones now; I’ve always loved them too and I’m not one to defame things after loving them for so long. So I bought a pound of the red and sure enough they cooked in half the time and looked simply gorgeous in the bowls.

If you like mildly spicy, this soup is perfect for you; if you want spicier slice the jalapeno in half to let it release more heat. If you want it completely mild, leave out the jalapeno or replace it with a bell pepper.

A seriously good soup!

Red Lentil and Sausage Soup Recipe

4 servings

3 sausages of your choice, casings removed
1 medium red onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ cups red lentils
1 cup tomato puree
5 cups vegetable broth or water
1 jalapeño (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

In a medium soup pot, sauté the sausage, red onion and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and crumbled, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the lentils, tomato puree, vegetable broth and jalapeno. Season the soup with cumin, salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.


11 Responses to “Red Lentil Soup Recipe”

  1. 1

    stefania — 10/29/2010 @ 2:27 pm

    Deliziosa zuppa ! ciao

  2. 2

    Susan — 10/29/2010 @ 3:58 pm

    Nisrine, this is definitely a winner!! Thanks so much for the recipe and honoring my request so graciously. As my husband just said, "Let's make it!!"

  3. 3

    Nisrine Merzouki — 10/29/2010 @ 4:05 pm

    But of course ;)

  4. 4

    Jhonny walker — 10/29/2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Hey…have we met? I am Jhonny walker :)

    And the reason I am here is cos your kitchen smells like red lentil soup! And I can't resist a red lentil soup when I smell one. I make a lotof lentils and am constantly trying to find new ways of doing it! This looks and sounds amazing. My next to do thing. It should go well with a paella type thing. You think?

    :) :)

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    Bridgett — 10/29/2010 @ 10:06 pm

    This looks so warming and hearty. Perfect for our oncoming rains this weekend. I will have to pick up some red lentils. Thanks for sharing!

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    Angie's Recipes — 10/30/2010 @ 5:09 pm

    I adore the lentil dishes….this soup/stew looks heartwarming and tasty!

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    Barbara Bakes — 10/31/2010 @ 1:12 am

    I haven't tried lentil soup before, but I'm sure my family would love this spicy version.

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    Erica — 10/31/2010 @ 4:40 pm

    mmm I'd totally like to make a veg version of this. Lentils with a little spice? I'm so in :) Happy Halloween!

  9. 9

    Nisrine Merzouki — 10/31/2010 @ 6:00 pm

    JW,paella after this? Might be too much food…but maybe not :)

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    Eliana — 10/31/2010 @ 6:39 pm

    This is one amazing looking soup. And looks just perfect for chilly fall evenings.

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    Sara@OneTribeGourmet — 11/04/2010 @ 1:11 am

    Love Lentil soups! Such a nourishing & healthy comfort food!

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