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Red Lentil Soup


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  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup red lentils (rinsed and cleaned)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 large carrots peeled and finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped



Step 1

In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onions, garlic and sauté until soft. Stir in the tomato paste, cumin, salt and chili powder and sauté for a minute longer.

Add the broth plus 2 cups of water, lentils, carrots and celery. Bring to a simmer and partially cover the pot, turning the heat to medium low. Simmer until the lentils are soft, approximately 30 minutes.

If you like a thicker soup, puree half the lentils with vegetables and fold back into the mixture. Before serving, stir in cilantro.

Serves 4.

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