Red Lentil Spinach Soup Ready in 30 minutes!

I’m a big lover of soup…summertime, winter, it doesn’t matter. I don’t believe it has to be chilly outside to want to curl up to a good bowl of soup. Heck, I just finished a bowl of this yumminess right before writing this! It will also please the vegan lovers. Most recipes call for traditional green lentils, which are fine, but this particular soup is screaming for the red ones.  I love the flavor of them, not to mention the color red, which just so happens to be my favorite. Don’t tell me you didn’t notice the multiple uses of red throughout this site. Ha! Something about red just makes everything more enjoyable.

Oh okay….back to the soup…, yes, try to find the red lentils which are usually in self serving bins in the organic nuts and grains section of your grocery store.  Or you can just go to a wholefoods store. The beautiful color (below) cooks away mostly so I add a healthy amount of paprika to keep the soup vibrant. It’s not screaming red, but more orangy…but that works for me.

This is the gorgeous color of the lentils before being cooked….

Recipe :  Serves 4   Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 20 mins    Click here for a printable version

  • 1 cup red lentils rinsed thoroughly
  • 3 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper or ground chipotle chili spice
  • Few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach, adjust to your liking

Put all the ingredients into a pot and stir. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, put the lid on just slightly tilted to let some steam escape and turn to simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Pour some soup in a serving bowl and top with fresh spinach and squeeze some fresh lemon juice to taste. Stir to combine everything. The heat of the soup will wilt the spinach. Adding the fresh lemon juice really brightens up the warm flavors. There you have it, red lentil soup. Mmmmm.



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8 Comments on “Red Lentil Spinach Soup Ready in 30 minutes!”

  1. Lesli
    August 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

    Made this soup for lunch and it is very good! It is super filling, great taste and healthy! Can’t wait for left overs tomorrow 🙂

  2. August 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM #

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks for the feedback…means a lot to me! 🙂

  3. petit4chocolatier
    February 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM #

    Brandi, I have been on a soup kick lately. Last week I prepared minestrone and French onion. This looks perfect. I love lentils, spinach, and paprika. I am actually thinking of adding a little bit of barley to it. Looks delicious and comforting!

    • February 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM #

      Ahh Judy, thank you! I actually have a pot on the stove as we speak! Please let me know when you make it. Thank you!!

  4. April 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM #

    Hey Brandi. your soup looks very comforting. You have used mostly the ingredients we, Indians use in making our “lentil soup”, we call “daal”


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