This Red Lentil Soup is packed with vegetables and fresh herbs! Healthy, cheap, and nutritious, this soup has tons of flavor from spices like cumin, garlic, and chili powder, with natural sweetness from sweet potatoes and carrots. The broth is INCREDIBLE, especially after stirring in some fresh lemon juice and herbs at the end! It’s a fast, easy, one-pot, high-protein plant-based meal, and it just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free, if that’s your thing.
Red lentils are a miracle of the dried legume family. Why? They only take 20 minutes to fully cook, with NO SOAKING NEEDED! But they’re just as cheap and nutritious – high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals – as any of their more needy cousins.
Buy any other dried legume and you’re looking at hours of soaking and a lengthy cooking time. Which is easy if you plan ahead, or use a slow cooker or pressure cooker, but if you want dinner in a half hour? Reach for those red lentils, friend.
Now this soup is not your average lentil soup. This is PACKED with flavor, inspired by Turkish red lentil soup (Mercimek Corbasi).