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    Chef Joey's Red Lentil Soup

    Chef Joey's  Red Lentil Soup. Photo by Chef Joey Z.

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    Cook Time:

    41 mins

    15 mins

    26 mins

    Chef Joey Z.'s Note:

    I am always looking for something different for my DH and myself to eat during the long chilly days of winter. We both love soup and today I came up with this recipe. It is such a gorgeous red soup. It is so tasty and very hardy, a real stick to your ribs type of meal. This would be great served with some hummus and a nice warm piece of flat bread on the side. :-) If you use soy sour cream and veggie soup broth you can make this vegan.

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    1. 1
      Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. I used my large cast iron dutch oven.
    2. 2
      Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft.
    3. 3
      Stir in the lentils and cumin and cook for one minute or until you can smell the cumin and the lentils are well coated.
    4. 4
      Stir in the agave (or honey), bay leaves and 7 cups of soup broth and being to a boil.
    5. 5
      Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. 6
      Cover the soup and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft and falling apart and soup has thickened up.
    7. 7
      Then add the canned tomatoes and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. The tomatoes have an inhibiting affect on the lentils softening.
    8. 8
      You can add a little more soup broth to thin the soup if it is too thick.
    9. 9
      When done remove bay leaves, stir in the wine vinegar, and serve with dollops of sour cream or yogurt.
    10. 10
      Bon Appetit!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 09, 2008


      Delicious soup and very simple recipe to follow. Loved the chef's bio so chose this recipe to try. (will be trying more this week; so many terrific ones to choose from!) This soup had a very different and nice flavor from other lentil soups that I have tried, and I have tried many. The cumin gave it a very smooth deep flavor, but definitly not overpowering in anyway. I followed the recipe exacty, used all organic ingredients. I did end up using a little less tomato with juice than called for as I was short on it so it didnt come out as red as the photo, but when I make it again I will have the correct amount. Very nice texture and flavor. Served it (just for myself) with a small side of peppedew peppers, dollup of hummus and a piece of flat bread. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chef Joey's Red Lentil Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (336 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 232.0
    Calories from Fat 65
    Total Fat 7.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 3.1 mg
    Sodium 792.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 3.4 g
    Protein 14.3 g

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