Red Lentil Soup

Well that’s it for another year.  Christmas decorations have been packed away, the fridge cleared out and hubby sent back to work.  As much as I love Christmas, I do enjoy the process of sorting out and cleaning up afterwards.  It makes me feel calm – everything in its right place again.

On the food side it feels good to be back to healthy eating again.  I made a big pot of this red lentil soup today.  Warm, comforting with just a hint of chilli and best of all it’s low fat.

It is also perfect for freezing.

Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Red Lentil Soup


  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 carrots, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tins (800g) chopped tomatoes
  • 200g red lentils
  • 2500ml vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil and cook the onion, thyme & carrots for about 4 minutes until just soft.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and mustard seeds and cook for a further couple of minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, lentils and stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Blend until smooth or leave chunky.


Store your fresh thyme in the freezer. When you need to use it just give it a shake and the leaves will drop off the stems.



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11 thoughts on “Red Lentil Soup

  1. Suzanne Perazzini

    That is a very healthy looking soup and I love the colour. So many soups are dull and don’t look appetising even if they taste great.
    I know what you mean about getting everything tidied away. I am almost at the end of a two-week break from work and I have organised so much, I feel quite virtuous.

  2. Emily @amummytoo

    Looks beautiful – I might have a go at making it in the soup maker. Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned this post and there’s a fresh linky live now – would be great to see you join in again x

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