Yummy Tomato Red Lentil Soup Recipe

J and I love tomato basil bisque, but it’s not very filling.  So when I ran across a Tomato Red Lentil soup I got excited – maybe there was a way to have that yummy tomato basil bisque flavor and be filling at the same time. So I started experimenting. And I found a winner!

I’m totally in love with this Tomato & Red Lentil soup. It tastes like a thick yummy tomato basil bisque but includes a protein & fiber kick from the lentils. It’s filling, nutritious, and yummy!

Tomato Red Lentil Soup Recipe Tomato and Red Lentil Soup Recipe

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, grated or chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped

1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup red lentils

4 cups vegetable broth or stock

1-2 Tablespoons honey or sugar, adjust to taste
1- 2 tsp sea salt, adjust to taste
1/2 to 1 tsp ground pepper, adjust to taste (optional)
1 tsp dried basil, adjust to taste (optional)

cream or sour cream (optional)


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat.

2. Sauté onion, carrots, and celery until onions are translucent

3. Stir in diced tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, and red lentils

4. Add in vegetable broth or stock

5. Stir in sugar, sea salt, pepper, and basil.

6. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.

7. Turn down to low heat and let simmer for 30 minutes

8. Let cool down for 5-10 minutes

9. Puree soup with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and puree.

10. Serve with a spoonful of cream or sour cream

Makes about 6 cups of soup.

 A Couple Tips:

  • Look for red lentils in the international section of your grocery store, particularly near Indian foods.
  • Stir or mix leftover soup before reheating.
  • Makes a  great snack by itself,  and for a meal goes really well with fresh bread and salad or grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!!

Vegetarian Student cookbook - great grub for the hungry and the broke
This recipe was originally inspired by the Tomato and Red Lentil soup recipe in The Vegetarian Student Cookbook – Great Grub for the Hungry and Broke, one of my favorite budget-friendly vegetarian cookbooks.

For another version of a Tomato & Red Lentil soup with a different flavor combination, check out Kid Tested Firefighter Approved’s version. She’s using sumac, parsley, and lemon juice. Sounds delicious!

Do you have a favorite lentil soup recipe? Please share – I’d love to give it a try!


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  3. Isidro Spisak says:

    Lentils are also commonly used in Ethiopia in a stew-like dish called kik, or kik wot, one of the dishes people eat with Ethiopia’s national food, injera flat bread. Yellow lentils are used to make a nonspicy stew, which is one of the first solid foods Ethiopian women feed their babies.^..’;

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  5. Cancel says:

    Your soup looks very deep and luscious. The kind that coats the spoon. I am plneorasly glad you did not use green lentils, I prefer these ones better.

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