Ingredients

How to make it

  • For homemade vegetable stock:
  • Place leek in an 8- to 10-quart pan. Add onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, fennel, parsley, thyme, oregano, peppercorns, salt and enough water to cover vegetables (about 2 qt.). Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours, adding water as needed to keep vegetables barely covered.
  • Line a colander with a layer of cheesecloth (or use a large, fine wire strainer); set over a large bowl. Pour stock mixture into colander and drain vegetables well; discard vegetables. Reserve stock for use.
  • For Lentil Soup:
  • In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder or cayenne, and sauté for 2 minutes longer.
  • Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and carrot. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover pot and turn heat to medium-low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  • Using an immersion or regular blender or a food processor, purée half the soup then add it back to pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky.
  • Reheat soup if necessary, then stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder if desired.

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    " It was excellent "
    jenniferbyrdez ate it and said...
    I'm a soup nut, sounds delightful. Beautiful stock.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    How delightful, Luisa! I LOVE lentils, so this really drew my attention. I love the flavors and comfort of this soup. High 4 and flags for beauty...thanks so much!
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    " It was excellent "
    boofie ate it and said...
    Yummy! I was going to try *another* lentil soup recipe on here for my soup night next week but I might have to sub this one in instead :)
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Love this soup! Red lentils and carrots are a great combination, and the stock with fennel, crimini mushrooms and all the fragrant spices couldn't get any better!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    I am a sucker for Lentils. This is a great soup recipe. I love the spice combination and the homemade stock is awesome.. High Five Luisa..;-)~
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    perfect indeed!
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Luisa your stock for this Red Lentil Soup With Lemon soup is reminiscent of Chef Eric Tucker from the Millennium Restaurant San Francisco, CA who I visited and met while out that way in 2006.
    It is outstanding an gives yo that rich full flavor that you can not get any other way.
    Your presentation rocks as usual
    Five forks Luisa and you know this puts a smile on my face.

    Michael
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  • sday5 5 years ago
    I love red lentil soup. I am anxious to try this version.

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  • sday5 5 years ago
    I love red lentil soup. I am anxious to try this version.

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