Everyday Red Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is my latest obsession. I'm completely in love with its delicate flavour!
It uses only a handful of ingredients, so is incredibly easy and cheap to make, and excellent for heart health: low calorie, and low fat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Global
Servings 4
Calories 274 kcal


  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free tomato sauce or tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch chili powder
  • 6 cups vegan chicken-style broth I use Massel brand
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup chickpeas canned, drained, rinsed
  • 2 carrots peeled and finely diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon more to taste
  • 4 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped


  • In a large soup pot, heat a few tablespoons of water over medium heat.
  • Add the onions, and cook for a few minutes until they start becoming translucent. Add additional water needed to prevent sticking.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and a tablespoon of water, and cook for about two minutes until fragrant.
  • Next, add the tomato sauce, salt, and pepper and stir until combined. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently - you may need to add a splash of water to prevent sticking.
  • Add the broth, lentils, chickpeas, and carrot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot, and allow it to simmer for at least 30 minutes - an hour is better to intensify the flavour.
  • Using an immersion blender, roughly puree the soup - it should still be rather chunky when you've finished. If you don't have an immersion blender, simply process half the soup in a blender or food processor, then add it back to the pot.
  • Finally, stir in the lemon juice and cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Keyword plant-based, wfpb

Gabrielle is an evidence-based vegan coach who believes that health transformation begins when you switch to a plant-based diet. Her mission is to help midlife women eat in alignment with who they are and what they value so that they can lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

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