Red Lentil Soup

As much as I adore my new loft, I definitely did a bit of downsizing with my cabinet space (and storage in general!).  Eek.  I’m convincing myself that this will help me try to cook with even more fresh foods (hopefully!).  But in the meantime, my goal over the next few weeks is to try and use many of my pantry ingredients to save some space.  So when the weather was nice and cool for the first time in months today, I decided to celebrate using a random bag of red lentils to make some easy lentil soup!

This soup is without a doubt one of my favorite impromptu meals to make because it is so easy to improvise!  Just start with a basic base of your mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery), add some broth and lentils, and then thrown in whatever veggies, seasonings and even favorite extra proteins that you may have on hand!  Today I decided to go vegetarian and just make the soup sans-meat, but did add in some delicious roasted red peppers and smoked paprika to give some extra flavor.  And it was simply wonderful.

Made me all the more excited for the cooler weather to come, and all of the hearty soups to warm us up.  :)

Easy Red Lentil Soup

A quick and delicious recipe for easy lentil soup.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup diced roasted red pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup red lentils
1 tsp. smoked paprika

Directions:

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, roasted red pepper, and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is cooked and translucent. Add the broth, lentils and smoked paprika. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked.

Serve warm.

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  1. Kathryn — August 15, 2012 @ 7:24 am (#)

    My cupboards at home are seriously overflowing so I need to follow your example and cook from my pantry when I get home. This soup looks so flavourful!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 15, 2012 @ 7:56 am (#)

    gorgeous soup – and when it’s not 95F out, I will be so on board with this :)

  3. Ali's Mom — August 15, 2012 @ 8:03 am (#)

    looks fantastic – love lentil soup!

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 15, 2012 @ 8:41 am (#)

    Oh my word, that soup looks divine! So gorgeous and colorful!

  5. Cassie — August 15, 2012 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Oh smoked paprika + lentils! I am in!! Love this.

  6. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 15, 2012 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Beautiful soup! I could eat soup everyday! This one is a keeper! :)

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 15, 2012 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    Loving this recipe – I am so excited for Fall!!!

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 15, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    What a pretty soup, I love all the veggies and red lentils – must try!

  9. Anna @ hiddenponies — August 15, 2012 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    I love lentil soup, and soup at any time of year is a good idea in my books!!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two — August 15, 2012 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    i love how easy this is and how fast you can make it to give yourself a warm hearty meal. i’m with you – can’t wait to get the stews and soups in the colder months ahead!

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 15, 2012 @ 11:47 pm (#)

    You know, I’m not actually a lentil person but I totally want to give this soup a try (yeah, it looks that freaking good)!

  12. Katie — March 25, 2013 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I just finished making this for dinner and spooned some into a little bowl to see if it needed anything additional. Nope…perfect as is. What a great idea for a quick and hearty dinner, especially on a cold night.